Bed bugs were extinguished in Sweden until some five or ten years ago. The last few years they have spread over all western countries for mainly two reasons:
1. Pesticides that were used before are now forbidden.
2. International travelling has increased. Bed bugs travel with peoples’ luggage and you may not be aware of this, so never put your suitcase on the floor, especially not under the bed.
All of our rooms are inspected and cleaned before new tenants move in, but there is no guarantee that bed bugs are detected when the room is empty – they can hide and be without food for a year.
All our landlords/house owners have their own insurances for this. There will be no extra cost for you for fumigation, so please report immediately if you suspect that you have them.
Signs to Look Out For
Look for small black stains under your bed, on the inside of the wooden framework. The bugs are active at night and they are activated by carbon dioxide from a sleeping tenant. They seek bare skin, suck blood for a few minutes and then hide again. Their bites are normally equivalent to mosquito bites and do not wake you up. Bed bugs do not spread any diseases.
What to Do
The house owner has an agreement with a Pest Control Operator (PCO) – normally Anticimex. Call them right away on 018 – 490 39 00 to make an appointment for fumigation in your room. It may take a few days before they show up, but they will help you as quick as they can.
It is important that you meet the PCO to let him/her in and also get information from him/her about what you can do to get the best possible result. Please also report to the Housing Office so we can keep a record and give you further advice if needed.
While Waiting for Fumigation
Bed bugs do not spread any diseases, but some people may suffer from allergic reactions and need medical treatment. Contact the Housing Office for advice about this.
Your room must be clean and tidy when the PCO comes, so that he/she can easily access all parts of the room. Bed bugs die when exposed to heat (> +50 degrees C) or cold (< -19 degrees C). This is why some people use freezers or saunas for their bed linen and clothes. Always put your clothes and linen in closed plastic bags if you use this method. At least 24h is required. You can also wash your clothes in 60 degrees.
What Not to Do
Using insect sprays and similar is not advisable since the result may be that bed bugs are spread all over the room which makes them more difficult to find. Moving to a friend’s room is also a bad idea, since there is an obvious risk that you – not knowing – bring the bed bugs with you.
It is very important that all bed bug cases are reported immediately so that the problem is limited as much as possible. No extra costs will be charged from us and if you need medical treatment, please bring your receipts to us and we will refund all costs.