Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on November 1st, 2019

For Toronto exterminator Dylan Aiello, eliminating bedbugs from office buildings is a particularly insidious challenge.

The blood-sucking pests have been spotted at governmentbuildings across the country, including offices in Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, according to the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The federal workers' union has been urging the government to step up its eradication efforts, from letting sniffer dogs do their thing in bug-ridden buildingsto teaching workers how to identify and report any problems.

"The issue with office buildings is ... there's no place where people are sleeping or sitting or resting. It's usually very bright, people are most active during the day, they're a lot more empty at nighttime," Aiellosaid.

"Bedbugs will be wandering around in a way that is a lot different than how they would behave in a normal domestic environment."

Aiello was Wednesday's guest on CBC Radio's Ontario Today, where he shared both his expertise on how to deal with bedbugsand his sympathy with those livingwith infestations.

Here are four big takeaways.

If you work in a building where bedbugs have been spotted, you'll want to have a change of clothes handy, Aiello said.

His advice isto shimmy out of your work clothes after you leave workbut before you crash on your couch perhaps by changing on the porch, for example.

That way, if the work clothes have been contaminated, at least you're not bringing bedbugs into the house.

Keep your work clothes on the porch, Aiello said, or seal them inside an airtight container and bring them inside. It's also a good idea to do a "quick visual inspection" of shoes, bags and purses.

"It's a small daily inconvenience to save yourself potentially a large expense."

It's a "common misconception" that bedbug infestations are more likely to be found in homes that are dirty or messy, Aiellosaid.

"They have nothing to do with cleanliness," he said. "We've been in the least-cluttered, cleanest homes you can imagine, with thousands of bedbugs on the bottom of a mattress."

That said, the less clutter a home has, the easier theyare to spot, Aiello said.

"Changing your sheets more often, flipping up your bed a couple of times a year you're going to spot them if they're there."

The bedbug has a common doppleganger, Aiello said.

Carpet beetle larvaeare one of the most frequently encounteredpests Aiellodeals with, and while they resemble bedbugs, they're actually a completely different creature.

The tiny larvae chew on discarded skin cells,hair folliclesor other protein-rich organic matter, Aiello said. As they do that, they shed their own wiry skin and it's the friction from that skin that causes red markssimilar to those left by bedbug bites.

"That's something people should be aware of, too not to raise the alarm as soon as they see any kind of small insect."

For Aiello, confronting the stigma around bedbugs in workplaces is "priority number one."

When it comes to high-traffic locations like government buildings, doctors' offices, schools or mass transit systems, a bedbug infestation is going to happen sooner or later, he said.

That's why Aiello believes employers should be displaying messaging about the pests in the same way they'd share health and safety protocols or tell workers what to do in case of a fire.

Unfortunately, that's not happening as often as it should.

"People don't want to hear about bedbugs," Aiello said, "until it's already too late."

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