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Supporting The Fight Against Bed Bugs

McGuinty Government Invests In Middlesex-London Health Unit Program

Ontario is supporting local initiatives aimed at preventing and managing bed bug infestations in the Middlesex-London area.

With the support of the Ontario government, the Middlesex-London Health Unit will be delivering programs and services in the community including a public education campaign, and the establishment of a telephone hotline where residents can report infestations and receive advice and guidance about how to resolve problems.

Across the province Public Health Units are delivering bed-bug related programs that emphasize collaboration with local partners to provide education and outreach to the public. Programming may also support vulnerable populations that are most negatively affected by bed bug infestations.

The province and public health units are also working together to develop better ways to assess bed bug activity and infestations.

“I’m pleased to fund this initiative developed by Middlesex-London Health Unit. It will help our community, especially our most vulnerable, identify, prevent and manage these pests. I’m proud that the province is taking a proactive stance to address the growing issue of bed bug infestations around Ontario. To be successful in the fight against bed bugs, we need the cooperation of everyone, including all levels of government, public and private stakeholders and the public.”
- Deb Matthews, MPP, London North Centre

“In the last three years, we have seen a marked increase in the number of bed bug-related calls we receive. Because bed bugs can affect anyone at any time, regardless of social status or income level, it’s important to use a comprehensive, community-based approach. This funding will allow the Health Unit to hire a Bed Bug Educator, establish a local Community Bed Bug Working Group and in certain circumstances, support the cleaning of premises with extreme infestations.”
- Graham L. Pollett – Medical Officer of Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit

QUICK FACTS

-         Adult bed bugs are 3-5 millimetres in size – about the size and shape of an apple seed – and are reddish brown in colour.

-         The Middlesex-London Health Unit is receiving $180,103 to help deliver this local program

-         This $5 million provincial investment responds to recommendations made at a Bed Bug Summit hosted by MPP Mike Colle in September 2010.

LEARN MORE

Read about how to prevent, identify, and get rid of bed bugs.

Media Contact:

Deb Matthews’ Office
London North Centre
519-432-7339

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