Help in Montreal?(5 posts)
So I'm a college student living in Montreal. My roommates and I found a great little apartment in Centre-Ville with an understanding landlord and right around the corner from pretty much everything we could need (supermarket, SAQ, billiard hall, the usual).
All of our things were new or from our houses (which are bed bug free). Upon moving in, on a couple of occasions, one of my roommates and I noticed tiny, brown, flat bugs scurrying across our respective beds. Thinking they were the Canadian equivalent of silverfish (ugly, but harmless), we literally flicked them away. It wasn't until a week or so later that we began to notice bites on our arms and legs, little tiny welts in lines down our elbows or on the back of our necks. Thinking it was fleas, I started looking up treatments. It wasn't until I stumbled across a picture of a bed bug that I realized the insect we had flicked was the thing that was now giving us our angry little bumps.
Since then, we've bagged up all of our extra linens, suitcases, etc. I even went so far as to prop my bed up on aluminum cans placed in Tupperware containers filled with water (which has actually brought the bites down to a minimum of a few a week). We talked to our landlords who, as I mentioned, were very kind and, despite our not having proof that we did not bring them in besides the fact that there's an infestation in Montreal/all of our things are new and/or have been in our other homes long enough to know that they did not carry bed bugs. They brought in an exterminator they had commonly used. Thinking our troubles were for the most part over, we were happy to have him come over. However, the guy simply sprayed our beds and left, taking no more than 15 minutes to complete the "job." As a result, one of my roommates, who up until that point had avoided getting any bites at all, started getting bitten as well (literally on the night after the treatment which led us to joke that we had just "made them angry." I've gotten good enough at being able to find them that I've managed to catch and kill at least 13 bugs since we've moved in (at least 3 I found after the treatment).
Now we're in need of another PCO, perhaps someone more qualified this time. Does anyone have any recommendations for PCOs in Montreal that have been (at least mildly) effective and will do more than just make the bed bugs angry?
I am sorry for your infestation and the lackluster way your landlord's PCO treated. It sounds like he didn't even inspect if he only spent 15 minutes. However, it is possible for the number of bites to increase a bit after treatment, but this doesn't sound like a thorough treatment.
I'm not in Montreal but I hope you get an answer. If you call several PCOs you can sometimes just by a phone call find ones that are more knowledgeable about bedbugs. From what you learn here (FAQs on getting a PCO and such) you'll know the questions to ask and you can determine who's on top of the problem. If they minimize the problem of bedbugs, they don't know bedbugs!
I wanted to answer because your name is "BlueCanary" and I'm "Parakeets." We're related!
There's a blog linked from the main bedbugger.com page (click blog below)--it's in French, but the author is in Montreal and has been blogging about her bed bugs and would surely know some good Montreal PCOs--if not hers, then ones others used. Look under Francais for "La Cibole de Cimex".
ps if you find a good one please let us know!
Thanks so much!
I talked to one of my landlords again today and he was super sweet about the entire thing (partially because it's a very nice group and my roomies and i are lucky to have them, partially because I have a couple of bites on my face that work pretty well in calling attention to the situation). He still wants to try the same PCO (as he says that they've used this group before very successfully. It just sounds like whoever came over just took advantage of us. However, now we have the backing of our landlord [an investment group]. If it doesn't work, we'll just find someone else).
I'll definitely look at La Cibole de Cimex.
I just removed my carpet from my room, sealed it up, and removed it. Now my room feel empty and sad. I [expletive deleted] hate these bugs.
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