Control of bedbugs in federal buildings
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
Reporting a pest problem
Early reporting remains the cornerstone of effective pest control. If employees suspect that there are pests present in their workplace, they should notify their manager and call the National Service Call Centre at 1‑800‑463‑1850 so an investigation and treatment can take place, if needed. Calls placed to the National Service Call Centre remain anonymous.
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Treatment against bedbugs
When bedbugs are reported, we bring in pest management experts to confirm the presence of bedbugs through an initial inspection. Then, if required, these experts perform canine inspections and install monitoring traps. If bedbugs are confirmed, a full treatment of the affected area is completed. Whenever possible, treatments are done afterhours to minimize the impact on employees. This treatment could include:
- vacuuming and steaming
- removing cubicle panels
Bedbugs can be difficult to eliminate, so post-treatment monitoring is conducted. It is not uncommon to require multiple treatments in localized areas to ensure bedbugs are effectively addressed.
Additional information about bedbugs is available on the Health Canada website. For information on preventing the spread of bedbugs, including the role of the employer, please consult the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
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