Bedbugs are found in all countries, and their number in Sweden and the rest of the world has increased drastically. The main reason for this rapid spread is the rise in travel throughout the world. If you have or suspect that you have bedbugs in your home, you are, in accordance with the Tenancy Act, responsible for reporting this directly to Anticimex. Sanitization is free of charge for you as a tenant.
- Bedbugs are not dangerous and do not spread any diseases, but they are unpleasant.
- An adult bedbug is 4-5 mm long with a broad, flat, oval body. Its colour is light-yellow/light-brown or reddish-brown after it has sucked blood. The top side of the body is covered with short, golden-yellow hairs, which means that the bedbug gives the impression of being striped.
- Bedbugs crawl and stay in close proximity to people because we provide them with a host.
- 90 % of all the bedbugs in a room are to be found close to or in the bed because this is where they find their food. Bedbugs can hide in mattresses, in cracks, in and around beds, behind skirting boards, in curtains, and around mirrors.
- The bedbug's behaviour is cryptic. Bedbugs find you by detecting your body heat and the air you have exhaled. They only emerge in order to feed. This is normally at night, which means they are hard to detect.
- Bedbug infestations have nothing to with dirt, but bedbugs do prefer messy apartments where there are ample places for them to hide.
- Bedbugs are spread to new places with the help of our belongings.
- Bedbugs can lie dormant for up to one year. You should, therefore, be extra careful with a bag, for example, that you have put in the basement after a trip overseas.
- For more information download the app RestAssure.
Prevent the spread of bedbugs in your housing
- Avoid borrowing a vacuum cleaner or mop if you know that there have been any cases of bedbugs. If you do this anyway, put the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed plastic bag before disposing of it and wash the mop at 60 degrees centigrade.
- Do not borrow clothes, textiles, furniture, books etc. from each other.
- Avoid picking up abandoned furniture, games etc. from the stairwell or refuse room.
Important things to remember when you travel
- Do not leave your bag open unnecessarily in hotel rooms and avoid storing clothes in, for example, wardrobes.
- Look under and around the bed for signs, like black dots (faeces), that there are bedbugs. If you do find any signs, ask to change rooms.
- Get into the habit of always washing your clothes after a trip. Put you clothes directly into a plastic bag and wash whatever you can at at least 60 degrees centigrade. Do not store your bag under the bed.
Important things to remember while sanitization is being carried out
- If you have bedbugs, you must remember never to take your bedclothes with you when you visit, for example, your parents or friends at weekends or during holidays. Also, be careful with suitcases and hand luggage.
- Remember that a messy room makes sanitization more difficult and adds to the time it requires.
- We do not evacuate anyone who has bedbugs because there is a great risk that this would lead to the bedbugs being spread to another building.
- Read Viktig information (Important Information) before and after sanitization has been carried out.
Tenants are responsible for reporting bedbug infestations – cost-free sanitization
As a tenant, you are responsible for reporting that you have bedbugs in your home. If you do not report the problem, the risk of spreading increases, and the problem will not disappear. AF Bostäder's goal is that those who report a problem will be helped by Anticimex within one week. The time it takes to get rid of bedbugs varies depending on the scale of the infestation.
Cooperation between AF Bostäder and the affected tenant is extremely important for a successful sanitization. As a landlord, we will do everything we can to make the sanitization go as well as possible, but the tenant must also help by following the obligatory procedures before, after, and during the sanitization.
We collaborate with Anticimex
Anticimex's technicians are trained and licensed by Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare). They apply a silicon powder that is harmless to people and pets behind skirting boards and apply an approved pesticide to the chinks and gaps in infested furniture.
This is how you make a report
- Call Anticimex's customer services on 0771-40 11 00 (opening hours Monday-Thursday 07.30-18.00, Friday 07.30-16.00)
- State that you are a tenant of Stiftelsen AF Bostäder's.
- State your name and complete address (street and apartment number, for example, Ulrikedalsvägen 81 1113).
- On Anticimex's website there are clear pictures to help you identify different types of vermin. See www.anticimex.se
We have gathered frequently asked questions/answers regarding bedbugs in a FAQ, be sure to check it if you have any questions. Go to FAQ bed bugs.