When you work in a client’s home you may come into contact with bed bugs. One of your worries may be how to do your best for your client and at the same time protect your home from the bed bugs.
If you can see bed bugs moving around a well-lit room, there is likely a heavy infestation. You should leave if you can. It may be a good idea for anyone living there to leave if they can.
If your client lives in rental housing, suggest that they tell the landlord they have bed bugs. If the landlord doesn’t do anything about it, you can suggest that your client call the Environmental Public Health office in their area. You can also report the infestation to Environmental Public Health if you find the landlord doesn’t do anything about the infestation. You will have to give the name of your client but their name is not shared with the landlord.
If your client lives in a home he or she (or their family) own they should call a pest control company for help to treat the bed bug infestation.
If you work in different homes during the day, be very careful not to transfer the bed bugs from one place to the other. If you know a place has bed bugs, visit it last. You can also wear a protective coverall so the bed bugs can’t crawl under a seam or in a pant cuff.
If you find yourself working in a building that is heavily infested, you should change your clothes if you can before going to the next place.
Remember: Bed bugs need people to move them from place to place. They also depend on the large numbers of offspring one female makes to survive and spread. Knowing a little bit and using a few simple precautions may prevent an infestation.
Current as of: March 15, 2018
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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