If you think you might have bed bugs you need to do a thorough inspection to see if you have them and how far they’ve spread.
Collect the tools below so you can find and clean the bed bugs up as you go:
Start close to where you sleep. Keep moving out until you don’t see any more signs of bed bugs.
Move to the next room and repeat the inspection.
Once you have finished the inspection and cleaning you will have a good idea of how far the bed bugs have spread.
When you work in a client's home you may come into contact with bed bugs. You may worry about how to do your best for your client and at the same time protect your home from the bed bugs.
Clothing to wear at work
Be careful where you sit. The safest choice is a hard kitchen chair. Try not to sit on sofas and beds.
Take as little as possible with you when you go in. Things like bags, tool kits, and coats are good hiding places for bed bugs. Leave them in your car or outside if you can.
Equipment you take with you
For items you do have to take inside, consider the following tips.
When you work in places that have or may have bed bugs, you may be worried about bringing them home with you. Having a routine that will kill a bed bug that manages to hide on your equipment or clothing is a good way to stop this from happening.
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 when you report this, but their name is not shared with the landlord.
If your client lives in a home that they or their family own, they can 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 you go to the next place.
Bed bugs need people to move them from place to place. They also depend on the large numbers of offspring 1 female makes to survive and spread. Knowing a little bit and using a few simple precautions may prevent an infestation.
Bed bugs: How do I inspect for bed bugs and working in places with bed bugs
Current as of: July 6, 2022
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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