The Winnipeg Free Press has a new article Thursday about bed bugs in the city.
Reporter Murray McNeill spoke to local Pest Control Operator Lincoln Poulin:
So how big has the bedbug problem become in Winnipeg?
Poulin said that in his first six years as a full-time exterminator — he’s been doing it for nine years — he only handled two bedbug calls. Last week, the company handled 15 in a single day.
“We also get 10 to 15 people per day, on average, coming into our store to buy sprays and dusts,” he said.
What’s more unnerving is that Poulin said he thinks this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“I don’t even think we’ve started to see the peak in bedbug activity yet. I think the bedbugs will get a lot worse.”
That’s because the critters multiply like crazy, and a lot of Winnipeggers refuse to believe it’s a problem.
“People say, ‘bedbugs? What are you talking about! Bedbugs don’t exist here!'” Poulin said. “But believe me, bedbugs are no longer just a bedtime story.”
Because people are in such denial about the existence of bed bugs, the problem keeps growing. This is big business for Poulin’s, which is experiencing phenomenal growth. And bad news for all of us, as bed bugs spread, and spread, and spread, and bed bugs bite, and bite, and bite.
Public Health Canada entomologist Robbin Lindsay is also cited in the article:
Lindsay said because governments don’t track bedbug counts, it’s hard to say how much they’ve increased in recent years.
And, as we’ve always maintained here at Bedbugger.com, governments need to track bed bug counts. But they’re in denial too: as long as they do not have an accurate gauge of the scope of the problem, they don’t have to take action.