Montreal family’s social housing apartment to be sprayed again for bed bugs

The Lewandowska family has had their low income apartment sprayed for bed bugs, but they are still dealing with the parasites.

The first treatment didn’t work and Montreal’s Municipal Housing Office is set to return in the next few days for a second treatment.

ChangSha Night Net

Related

  • Finding bed bugs in Montreal has gone to the dogs

  • Bed bugs an ‘epidemic’ in Montreal, says housing group

  • How do moving companies make sure your furniture remains bed bug-free?

    READ MORE: Finding bed bugs in Montreal has gone to the dogs

    “The minimum is two treatments, but we never know with bed bugs,” said Ingrid Dirickx, Montreal municipal housing office spokesperson.

    However, spraying isn’t the only way to get rid of bed bugs.

    Don Prashker and his bed bug extermination team use heat treatment rather than a spray.

    READ MORE: Bed bug infestation plagues Montreal family living in social housing complex

    He said the issue with the spray is that bed bugs become more resistant to the pesticides.

    “The chemicals are superficial and they’re spraying the perimeter of the apartment … making the problem even harder to solve,” Prashker said.

    WATCH BELOW: Montreal bed bug problems

    Bed bug dog squad

    02:14

    Bed bug dog squad

    02:01

    Social housing bed bugs

    02:13

    Bed bugs and moving trucks

    02:24

    Montreal bed bug troubles



    The heat treatment reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius), killing the bed bugs and their eggs.

    “We don’t want to control the problem, we want to eliminate the problem,” Prashker said.

    READ MORE: Bed bugs an ‘epidemic’ in Montreal, says housing group

    That’s exactly what the Lewandowska family is looking for.

    “I would like to actually see them do their job properly and not just say that they will,” said Kamila Lewandowska, tenant of the apartment.

    “It is time to do something about it. We’ve been asking for too long.”

    READ MORE: How do moving companies make sure your furniture remains bed bug-free?

    The family is also unhappy with how the housing office has dealt with the situation.

    “I honestly just think they’re sending the first person they can think of to close our eyes,” Lewandowska said.