New Manitoba Bed Bug Hotline now live

by nobugsonme on May 30, 2011 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, canada, manitoba

Manitoba now has a hotline dedicated to distributing information about bed bugs.

The CBC reported today that

“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.

1 Lou Sorkin May 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I wonder who reviewed the website and public PDFs of this site prior to making it public and live. Where are good images of bed bugs and infestations so the public can be educated? There’s really no mention of nymphs and descriptions of these life stages, basically adult bed bugs and apple seeds are mentioned. Also adult bed bugs are not wingless even though most of the information on the web would lead you to believe that “fact”. It seems that the PDFs were taken from many of the same items I’ve seen on the web and simply reprinted.
A recent Scientific American article on 10 Myths and Bed bugs also mentions that and wouldn’t correct the Myth #1 statement.

2 nobugsonme June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Hi Lou!

These points are well made. I often wonder if governments would not be better served by pooling their resources and having experts create an uber-bed bug page, perhaps with some local content added on as well. Why remake the wheel — especially if you can’t do it really well?

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