Everything you ever wanted to know about Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs. Not a topic of conversation everyone likes – but one that is a fact of life, all over the world, and has been for hundreds of years. Being able to identify bed bugs and understanding how they survive and reproduce is the best defense.
WoodGreen has spent years working with community members and partner agencies to develop resources for tenants, staff, agencies and landlords. And we have done it again.
Our newest resource is a set of four wallet-sized factsheets designed for easy distribution and to share crucial information and quick tips. Each fact sheet is designed for a specific audience including one for: the General Public, Frontline Staff, Landlords and Tenants.
This factsheet contains General Bed Bug information including: how to identify them, their life cycle, 10 things to know about Bed Bugs and a list of references for more information.
A guide for frontline staff and includes information about how to talk to your clients about Bed Bugs, how to take precautions if you think you will be in a place with Bed Bugs and how to help your clients prepare for fumigation.
A guide for landlords explains their responsibilities, working with a fumigator and how to minimize the spread of Bed Bugs to other units.
A guide for tenants that outlines how to reduce the risk, what to do if you find Bed Bugs, what your landlord should do and how to prepare your unit and work with the exterminator.
These resources, and many more including information on Organizational Policies, Resource manuals and links to Public Health information, can be found on the All About Bed Bugs
page on the WoodGreen website.
Over the years, WoodGreen has participated on committees and working groups developing policies, recommendations and strategies that our city and provincial officials can use to help with public education, risk reduction and effective legislation to fight bed bugs. We have fought for and won stable funding for City bed bug programs. We have worked with the province on wider scale.
Bed bugs haven’t disappeared, but neither have we.
Diane Dyson is WoodGreen's Director of Research and Public Policy.