Even for the person with everything, the prospect of treasure hunting is hard to resist.
Maybe an out-of-print book by a favourite author is waiting just for you in a driveway or back yard, or a Braun hand-blender used only on Sundays.
For many Montrealers, summer is official only when the first Garage Sale sign appears.
But like the Hope Diamond, some treasures come with a curse in the form of nearly invisible bedbugs lurking in the spine of a book or sleeping in the pocket of an old jacket displayed on a table.
Once bedbugs get into your home and your bed, they are loathe to leave.
The good news is that bedbugs do not transmit disease, nor are they a sign of less than stellar housekeeping. The bad news is that they can make life miserable.
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Tips to prevent an infestation
• Never pick up used furniture from the street.
• If you buy second-hand clothes, put them into a plastic bag before you bring them into the house and place them directly in the dryer on the highest setting for at least 30 minutes. Then throw the empty bag in the garbage outdoors.
•Place used books in an air-tight bag and put it into the freezer for a four days.
•Should those tiny critters happen anyway, do not try to solve the problem by yourself. Call a professional exterminator immediately.
If you live in an apartment, it’s your responsibility to notify the landlord if you find evidence of infestation. It is the landlord’s responsibility to take action to correct the problem by hiring a professional exterminator to eradicate all bedbugs in the building.