Control of bedbugs in federal buildings
When bedbugs are reported, Public Services and Procurement Canada brings in pest management experts to confirm the presence of bedbugs through an initial inspection. Then, if required, they perform canine inspections and install monitoring traps. If bedbugs are confirmed, a full treatment of the affected area is completed. Elements of the treatment could include vacuuming, steaming and applying a treatment spray. Whenever possible, treatments are done afterhours to minimize the impact on employees.
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.
Early reporting remains the cornerstone of effective management of any pest. If you suspect that there are bedbugs in your workplace, notify your manager and call the National Service Call Centre at 1-800-463-1850 so an investigation and treatment can take place. Calls placed to the National Service Call Centre remain anonymous.
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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