BED BUGS

The summer of 2016 saw an invasion of bed bugs in almost every neighbourhood in Montreal. The housing group FRAPRU (Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain) called it a downright epidemic.

Bed bugs are tiny insects with six legs and no wings that feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Although bed bugs cannot easily climb metal or polished surfaces and cannot fly or jump, they spread around the home by way of infested objects.

Bed bugs have an oval, broad, flat body and a short, broad head. Adult bed bugs are brown whereas the younger bed bugs are lighter in colour. Bed bugs darken in colour after feeding.

Their eggs are white, about one millimetre long, and are tough to spot on most surfaces. Females lay about two to four eggs each day. The eggs have a sticky coating and are laid in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork and other hidden locations such as: under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in electrical outlets, inside box springs, in mattress pads, and in night tables.

Bed bugs prefer locations where they can easily hide and feed regularly, which is why bedrooms are the most likely rooms to see an infestation.

ControlX specialises in the detection, elimination and prevention of bed bugs in Montreal.

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