« I was scratching all over the place. The symptoms are still the same and Florence, a resident of the Bon-Voyage district, was no exception. On the 3rd floor of the “Mercantour”, the HLM where she lives welcomed new tenants, to say the least, undesirable this summer. “I have been here for thirty-eight years and this is the first time that I have dealt with bedbugs,” she explains. Her bedroom must have been completely disinsected. However, these bloodthirsty little beasts have taken over other apartments among the 16 floors of this building in eastern Nice. “An eradication operation will be carried out and financed for all tenants”, announced the first deputy Anthony Borré.
The metropolis and Côte d’Azur habitat (CAH), which he chairs, have decided to strike a blow by launching on October 1 a plan to fight “unprecedented in France by its magnitude” against bedbugs. “If an entire building is concerned, we will take care of it. If a tenant finds one within two months of moving in, they will be taken care of. [comme le stipule la loi Elan votée en 2018]. But we decided to go further, said the elected. Beyond this period of time, the tenant will benefit from advantageous rates to pay a pest control company. And in the private park, the communal social action center (CCAS) will be able to reimburse part of the costs according to the household income. “
The number of cases multiplied by three in one year
An information point will also be set up at the Home of the Inhabitant at the same time as a dedicated telephone line. A partnership with the National Institute for the Study and Fight against Bedbugs will also be set up to train the staff of the city, CCAS and CAH.
And if the institutions have decided to do the same, it is because the tiny insect is gaining ground. The public health service of the city of Nice handled 68 cases last year, compared to only around 20 in 2019. In Nice, the Roquebillière, Liserons, Saint-Augustin or even the city center districts are also concerned. and Paca is the second most affected region in France.
And it is all the more urgent not to let the pest proliferate as it can quickly hit the system of its victims. Itching, anxiety and “it can even go as far as suicide,” worries Richard Chemla, the Deputy Health Officer.
How to overcome ?
Cold or hot treatments, based on steam, can come
at the end of bed bugs, but “the most effective remains the use of insecticide in addition to fumigation”, explains Hervé Robert, director of the company Sanitation services. “The important thing is also to clear the places that must be treated as much as possible and to wash the laundry at high temperature to be sure not to be re-infested,” he adds.