Bed Bug News Archive

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.

14 June 2018 – Bed Bug Compensation Hits $2 Million

Bed bugs are known to trigger allergies in sensitive people besides causing annoying bite marks. But at a Californian apartment, the bed bug infestation resulted in an extreme level of scarring of the entire body of a 3-year-old. The family had rented the apartment and had been dealing with the bugs for a long time to no avail. After their infant daughter, as well as themselves, were badly bitten by the bugs, a complaint in civil court was registered by the family. The jury ordered a compensation of USD$2 million to be paid by the landlords, which is reportedly the highest ever paid compensation. Although previously the family had got their apartment fumigated, the bugs had gotten resistant to some of the toxic pesticides used. The ideal solution is to consult professional bed bug exterminators who use eco-friendly pesticides.

18 Apr 2018 – Canines as Efficient Bed Bug Detectives

Dogs are known for their talent to sniff out bombs, termites, insects, drugs, and for us bedbugs. Dogs have been successfully used by professional pest control companies in Toronto and across Canada to detect the presence of bed bugs and other pests. Studies show that while humans succeed 30% of the time in detecting bed bugs, dogs are at the 99th percentile in terms of successful detection. A 2008 clinical trial showed that dogs can be trained to sniff out bed bugs as well as live eggs of these bugs at 90% accuracy. In the U.S., the National Pest Management Association recommends that professional bed bug exterminators make use of canine teams that are specially trained in detecting bed bug scents. The Association believes that canine teams are very useful when there is a suspicion of bed bug infestation but no visual evidence is found. At Pestend our canines are beloved family pets and enjoy assisting their handlers in detecting bedbugs for treats.

10 Feb 2018 – Bedbug Menace at Edmonton

Edmonton is facing a serious bedbug infestation problem with the city literally “crawling with an influx of bedbugs”. Bedbug menace keeps professional bedbug exterminators in Toronto and other cities in Canada on their toes with most hardly able to keep up with the volume of calls.
In Edmonton, a spate of bedbug-related calls is witnessed at least every six months, according to professional bedbug exterminators. According to reports from Alberta Health Services during 2017, bedbugs were the cause of 254 housing inspections in the city. Significant bedbug complaints were received from houses in Edmonton that were near libraries and universities. A massive bedbug outbreak recently led to the closure of the library at the University of Alberta.

12 Mar 2018 – Histamine on the Rise from Bed Bugs

A new research conducted by Zachary DeVries and his team at North Carolina State University compared the levels of a chemical called histamine in homes. The study found that histamine levels were much higher in homes that have had a bed bug infestation than those that were bedbug-free. Histamine levels were measured by the researchers and were found to be twenty times as high in bed bug infested homes. The levels of this chemical persisted for up to three months even after using pesticides or heat treatment. Histamine is a chemical made in the human body and is released when there is any perceived threat from “foreign” particles such as allergens. Histamine then causes various responses including sneezing, coughing, itching or cold to get rid of the allergens. High levels of histamine can be a serious trouble for people already sensitive to pollen, dust or bed bugs.

6 Jan 2018 – Beating Bedbugs With Nanotechnology

Toronto is the top bedbug city in Canada according to a latest survey followed by Winnipeg, Vancouver and Ottawa. Hotels, hospitals, cafeterias, trains and ships across U.S., Europe and Australia are facing the growing bed bug menace. A single bedbug lays up to ten eggs per day and this is one of the reasons why they can be difficult to control. In one night, bed bugs can travel over 100 feet and live just eight feet away from where people sleep. Being highly resilient, bed bugs also develop resistance to chemical pesticides over time. Nanotechnology has been a relatively new approach for bed bug control. Past research had focused on producing microfibers that were fifty times thinner than a single strand of human hair. These microfibers could entangle bed bugs and prevent them from moving.

01 Dec 2017 – Bed Bugs Scare New York Residents

Pest control companies are getting increasing number of calls in New York as bed bugs continue to scare people in many locations. Schools across central New York reported sighting bed bugs in their premises while visitors to the AMC Empire 25 at Times Square complained of bed bug bites. Although the theater denied having bed bug problems, it has faced similar issues in the past in 2010 when the theater was closed for some time for professional bed bug extermination. In the first week of October, two patrons posted on Facebook pictures of red bumps that they claimed were the result of bed bug bites at AMC 25. Bed bugs are a serious issue in New York City. While they are more commonly sighted in hotels and in trains or buses, theaters are not immune to their threats.

5 Nov 2017 – Halifax Library Continues To Battle Bed Bugs

Despite being closed for over two weeks in September after bed bugs were discovered on DVDs and furniture, the Halifax public library’s bug menace is far from over. Professional bed bug exterminators were called in to spray the library building in September. Last week another inspection was scheduled after two bed bugs were spotted on people.  According to the staff, bed bugs are entering the library building through people who visit the library and on returned items. In August, Halifax featured in the top ten bed bug cities with a seventh spot. Most urban areas including Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Ottawa face bed bug problems given the transit population. Dwellings and transport that are used by seniors and students and seniors are more likely to face bed bug problems.

19 October 2017 – Do Pesticides Cause Bee Apocalypse

Pesticides, particularly neonicotinoid, have been in focus with environmentalists linking their use to the extinction of some bee species. Recent studies published in Nature shows neonics authored by Nigel Raine from the University of Guelph, Ontario looked into the various lifecycle stages of bumblebees.
In one of the studies, bumblebees were fed sugar syrup infused with “field realistic “concentrations of thiamethoxam for two weeks. The researchers found the frequency of starting new colony post-hibernation was reduced by 26% in these bumblebees. But the study also showed that bees treated with thiamethoxam laid more eggs than untreated bees at day 12. Eco-toxicologists point out that such evidence alone is not enough to conclude the extinction of bees.

14 September 2017 – New Fungus Based Bed Bug Killer on the Way

Professional bedbug exterminators in Toronto may soon have a new, powerful bedbug spray to deal with the growing bed bug menace. Researchers at Penn State University are working on a new biopesticide that can effectively combat the menace of bedbugs. The researchers discovered that a natural fungus that is harmless to humans can be deadly for the bed bugs. Most professional bed bug exterminators in Toronto also name getting rid of bed bugs as the most difficult challenge. Majority of calls professional pest controllers receive are to do with bed bugs. A National Pest Management Association survey showed 99.6% of professional bed bug exterminators reported treating bed bugs in 2016 as compared to just 25% fifteen years back.

12 August 2017 – Toronto Tops the List of Bed Bug Cities

Toronto makes it to the top ten cities with maximum bed bug infestation issues. Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, St. Johns and Edmonton are the other cities in the list. With the rise in summer travels, bed bugs are carried from one place to another and can be a difficult menace to control, particularly in areas with high population densities. Bed bugs are not just limited to beds but are found in transits, subways and on books. And because they can hitchhike very efficiently and also reproduce easily, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. While Scarborough and Calgary are at the bottom of the list, the former is not new to bed bug related protests. Tenants at Oakridge area were reportedly sleeping on couches in an attempt to avoid bedbugs.

July 2017: Couple horrified by bed bugs in North Vancouver motel

Even in large international motel chains where you would think you are safe from such things as bed bugs, you can be terribly wrong. A Vernon BC couple found this out the hard way when they booked a motel room for the night in North Vancouver at a Comfort Inn & Suites. When they woke up in the morning, they had several bites all over their body so decided to inspect the room for bed bugs. Upon uncovering the bedsheets to look at the mattress, they found dozens of bed bugs running around. This is the sign of a serious infestation as it is usually difficult to even find just one bed bug if you are not a bed bug control expert and don’t know where to look. The couple has since been on a mission to warn a many people as possible on social media due to their horrifying experience, which included a lack of any sort of resolution from the motel manager.

June 2017: Angry Man Dumps Bed Bugs In Government Office

Earlier this month a homeowner in Augusta Maine called his municipal code enforcement office asking for help with a bed bug infestation in his home. After being denied the government assistance became very angry and decided to take revenge on the office. Shortly after, he showed up at the local government office with a cup full of about 100 bed bugs and dumped it on the front desk. Witnesses say that there were around 100 bed bugs in the cup, which dispersed quickly into hiding, and some even crawled on one of the employees. The office was immediately closed and a bed bug exterminator called in right away to remove all of the bed bugs.

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.