A bed bug problem in Fanshawe College’s library has one pest expert warning that it is a growing problem.
AM980 learned on Thursday that Fanshawe College was dealing with the problem, and closed its library for three hours as an expert company was called in.
A notice on the entrance to the library read that the space would be closed for “routine maintenance,” causing concern among several students using the facility.
Jeff Twinn of TwinnPest.com tells AM980 the bugs are developing a resistance to extermination products, leading to an increase in the bed bug population.
“The other thing is that people have far more stuff than they did back in the 1960s and 70s when they were virtually eradicated. In the 60s and 70s, to find people with hordes of things in their houses or apartments was rare. Today, people have a lot more access to things, the furniture is much more poofy and puffy versus if you go to an antique store and look at furniture from the 60s, it’s very basic.”
Twinn says if you bring home just one bed bug that was fertilized, the female can reproduce at a rate of 5,000 bed bugs in the first six months.
“What we see is people who have picked them up try to track back where they picked them up, and it’s usually 3-4 months ago they remember they had somebody over, they bought something used, they went somewhere, they were on a cruise, whatever, and that’s how they picked them up,” he said. “It only takes a very small infestation to carry home and then they get going.”
Bed bugs are said to be about the size of an apple seed, a reddish brown colour, and are flat.
They aren’t known to transmit any diseases to humans, but do bite and feed on human blood.
Twinn says do-it-yourself fixes to get rid of bed bugs aren’t good enough.
“It is complex to get rid of them. It can usually take several treatments, and it’s usually a combination of using dust, sprays, and steam.”
The Middlesex-London Health Unit advises to vacuum any areas that bed bugs are believed to be, wash all clothing and bed sheets and dry on high heat twice, get rid of unneeded furniture if it is infested, and call a pest control expert.