A case of “extreme” bed bug infestation in Saint-Michel was reported in the media this week.
Mélanie Tailhandier, environmental hygienist at Montréal’s regional public health department, assures us that this type of situation is not becoming more frequent. In an interview with La Presse, Tailhandier explained that the situation is rather stable, but people should not wait before reporting the presence of these insects. “The longer you wait, the bigger the problem gets. We’re trying to address this issue by raising awareness,” said Ms. Tailhandier.
If you’re a tenant and suspect an infestation...
- Notify the owner right away if there are bed bugs or cockroaches in your apartment.
- If the owner doesn’t take action, send him a letter by registered mail, with notice of delivery.
- If the owner doesn’t take action within a reasonable time (up to 10 days), contact your borough (call 311) or linked city to file a complaint.
- You can also contact the Régie du logement.
You can ask your neighbourhood’s housing committee for help at any time during this process.
Find your neighbourhood housing committee: Regroupement des comités logements et associations des locataires du Québec
- Advice and Prevention – Bed bugs, Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal
- Advice and Prevention – Cockroaches, Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal
- Healthy summer
In the media
- La Presse, 31 mai 2019, Punaises de lit: infestations extrêmes (in french)
- 98,5 – 31 mai 2019 – On fait quoi avec la problématique des punaises de lit? (in french)