Tenants from two units in a seven-unit building in Toronto’s Kipling and Lakeshore district are sleeping in tents in the building’s parking lot after “cockroaches the size of spoon heads and ravenous bedbugs” infested their apartments. To make matters worse, the parking lot also houses a garbage heap feet away from the tents, and this is home to mice, rats, and raccoons.
One of those residents threw away all her furniture and sent her kids away. She claimed the PCO’s treatment ruined their furniture and that the units are still infested. Check out the article and click the button to watch the video from CityNews.ca.
While it is normal for some bed bugs to remain after the first treatment (most infestations require three or more treatments before bed bugs are entirely gone), it is not normal for treatment to ruin furniture. Also, an additional factor here is that traditional PCO treatment requires you to sleep in your usual spot in order to act as bait, drawing bed bugs out to the pesticides. While we often want to flee, there’s good reason to stay put.
Nevertheless, it should demonstrate for the uninitiated just how bad bed bugs are, that these folks would sleep next to a garbage pile rather than in their home.
CityNews.ca also included an informative “What to do if you have bed bugs” article, linked from the other story.