Bed Bug News Archive
We help our visitors stay current with bed bug related information in Toronto and around Canada. Whether you are suffering from a bed bug infestation in Toronto or if you are simply interested in learning more about these creepy crawlers, our bed bug news section has interesting information for you.
May 2017: Bed Bugs Are All Around Us
Think that you are doing a good job at staying away from bed bugs? According to Mike Posey, a highly experienced bed bug control professional from Lancaster, “when you’re in public you’re within feet of a bed bug at all times”. Posey has been in the bed bug extermination business for many years and says that the problem keeps getting worse every year. In the last year alone he claims that he has seen about a 700 percent increase in business just in his town alone. One of the biggest issues with bed bug infestations at the moment is that a lot of people try to exterminate them on their own, something that Posey says most often does more harm than good, spreading the infestation further into the home.
April 2017: Non-Chemical Bed Bug Treatment
More and more pest control professionals are starting to use non-chemical treatments for exterminating bed bugs as they realise how quickly bed bugs can become resistant to commonly used pesticides. Currently, research is being done on two very common chemicals used for bed bug pesticides called chlorfenapyr and bifenthrin, both of which are becoming more unreliable in bed bug treatments. As a result of these findings, most bed bug control professionals are realising that in order to effectively treat a bed bug infestation they will need to use a variety of tactics, and begin moving away from purely chemical related treatments.
March 2017: Bed Bug Traps Don’t Always Work
New research shows that some of the leading bed bug traps are not 100% effective against all bed bugs. After testing four leading bed bug traps that have been designed in the US, the study concluded that these traps work for common bed bug species found in the US but were not as effective against bed bug species found in tropical areas. Taking a closer look by using an electron microscope, researchers discovered that the tropical bed bug species have a greater quantity of hairs on their tibial pad, which gave them a much greater ability to crawl out of the smooth surface found on these common bed bug traps.
February 2017: Bed Bug Resort
If you’re going to be travelling to Chicago from Toronto anytime soon and plan on taking the public train system, beware of bed bugs. A Chicago resident and public transit commuter reported seeing a homeless woman carrying a garbage bag that was full of bed bugs onto the train this February. He said that there were so many bed bugs that he was even able to see them crawling all over her during the ride. When the issue was reported to the conductor of the train, they immediately evacuated the infested cart and did a quick 10-minute cleaning, moving all passengers to other carts. The only problem with this resolution was that the same woman also boarded another cart, carrying the infested bag with her. If you ever notice a bed bug on a train cart the best thing to do is get off at the next station, board another cart and report the problem immediately.
January 2017: Bed Bug Resort
While on vacation at Atlantis Paradise Resort Bahamas, a well-known five-star resort, Cindi Avila from Florida has reported being bitten by hundreds of bed bugs. Avila realized that she was being bitten while in bed and decided to lift up the mattress, only to find hundreds of bed bugs hiding underneath. She has since filed a lawsuit against the luxury resort seeking a $15,000 settlement for all the pain and agony that was bestowed upon her. Avila says that she never thought she would find such an extreme bed bug infestation in a reputable five-star resort like Atlantis. This just goes to show that bed bugs can be found in all places, no matter how luxurious and clean it may look.
December 2016: Toronto Investing to help Bed Bug victims
The Toronto City Council meeting this week had some very interesting points relating to social issues, especially regarding residents who have experienced a bed bug infestation. Since bed bugs have been a progressing issue in Toronto over the past several years, city council has decided to provide even more help to residents that have to deal with these nasty pests. This help will be added to the Housing Stabilization Fund, which is an emergency housing benefit for people on social assistance. The assistance comes in the form of helping people on social assistance who are dealing with bed bug infestations to more easily access money that will be used to replace soft furniture including beds so that they can return quickly to a normal lifestyle after having their home treated for bed bugs.
November 2016: Bed Bugs Don’t Spread Diseases
A long time resident of Midland Ontario, near Toronto, recently had bed bugs invade her home, most likely as a result of bringing a used sofa into her apartment. Exterminators were brought in the day after the infestation was reported to prevent them from spreading to other units in the building. Lori Holmes, who works with the Simcoe Muskoka District House Unit, reassured reporters that bed bugs do not pose any serious health risks, which she believes is very important for people to keep in mind. Holmes also mentioned that the first thing anyone should do when they think they have a bed bug infestation is call in a professional bed bug exterminator so that they can be properly identified and dealt with.
October 2016: Bed Bugs in Toronto Transit Commission Office
The lost and found office at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was shut down on the morning of Oct 5 due to a bed bug sighting. Susan Sperling, spokesman for the TTC told the Toronto Sun “We opened a package with a jacket that had bed bugs and we decided to fumigate as a precautionary measure.” Within 4 hours of finding the bed bug infested jacket, the office was treated by a professional bed bug exterminator and remained closed for 72 hours for the safety of the employees that work at the office. Sperling also mentioned that whenever they receive a bed bug report on one of the transit cars, the vehicle is thoroughly treated immediately to alleviate the threat of bed bugs spreading to other cars.
September 2016: Bed Bugs in Student Dorms
Students moving into university dorms this month could have a surprise awaiting their arrival; and unfortunately, not a pleasant surprise. Leanne Ashworth, director of Housing and Jobs Office in Montreal Canada says that a lot of students will be moving into bed bug infested rooms this September completely unaware of what lies ahead. What makes this problem worst is that most of these students don’t even know what bed bugs are, mistakenly identifying the bites as a rash or allergic reaction. It isn’t until months later that some students realize that they have bed bugs, making it much more difficult to eliminate the threat. A key component to battling this problem, therefore, is to educate new students about bed bugs so they can act quick when a bed bug infestation is noticed and call a bed bug exterminator.
August 2016: Bed Bugs Reported at Cineplex
Although it is very rare, there is a slight possibility that you can encounter bed bugs while enjoying a night at the cinema. A guest at Cinema City Movies 12 in Canada recently posted a video on Facebook that went viral of what looks like a couple bed bugs crawling on a seat of one auditorium. Immediately after hearing about this, the auditorium was closed and a bed bug expert was called in to investigate. According to Cineplex Entertainment who owns the cinema, no bed bug activity was found by the bed bug exterminator. However, the auditorium remained closed for 2 days so it could be thoroughly treated as a precautionary measure.
July 2016: Bed Bugs on the Rise
Bed bugs have been causing a lot of concern in the past few years for residents all around Toronto as well as Montreal. Since July 2011 there has been nearly 23,000 residential bed bug infestations reported in Montreal alone, with no end in sight to the bedbug problem. According to François Saillant, spokesperson for housing group FRAPRU, the bed bug problem in Montreal has entered almost every Montreal neighbourhood reaching what he considers epidemic proportions. Saillant claims that the city is doing a great job to inform the public of the issue, however, they are not putting enough pressure on landlords to make sure that bed bug cases are properly dealt with. If you are travelling to Montreal from Toronto, make sure to stay weary and properly wash your belongings before getting back home.