Manitoba now has a hotline dedicated to distributing information about bed bugs.
“The bedbug hotline and website are essential pieces of our $770,000 provincial strategy to deal with bedbug infestations,” Jim Rondeau, the healthy living minister stated in a press release on Monday.
“We believe that education is the best weapon against bedbugs, and our website and hotline will offer important tips and advice to help Manitobans deal with this significant pest problem.”
People are encouraged to call the toll-free bedbug hotline at 1-855-3MB-BUGS (1-855-362-2847) with questions about prevention of bedbugs, how to identify an infestation and what steps to take when an infestation occurs.
The hotline is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of these hours, callers can leave a message and the call will be returned the next business day, Rondeau said.
Hotline calls will be tracked to help evaluate the bedbug situation throughout the province.
We already knew about the Manitoba bed bug website.
Of course, many callers will take action on bed bugs without calling the the city, so the data about calls will provide limited information as to the prevalence of the problem in the province.
Unfortunately, no word yet on the new grants to help various stakeholders (homeowners, apartment dwellers, landlords, non-profits) with the costs of treating bed bugs, another new program which we heard about last month.