bed bug news for 2007-11-16

by bedbugger on November 15, 2007 · 6 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and health, canada, dust mites, government, misinformation, ontario, public health, toronto

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1 kraystone November 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Geez… a dust mite photo for a bed bug?!?

2 nobugsonme November 16, 2007 at 2:08 am

And it is not the first time, Anon!

3 itchyincharmcity November 16, 2007 at 10:36 am

“A mild infestation can be dealt with by vacuuming and steam cleaning. People should launder clothing and bedding on a regular basis to fend them off.”

Are they kidding? Vacuuming and steam cleaning? If that was all it took to get rid of them, this blog wouldn’t exist.

4 nomorebugs November 16, 2007 at 1:54 pm

The media needs to be better informed to pass information along. Common errors: fumigation used for the word spraying. Cold can kill bed bugs.

5 parakeets November 16, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Though I agree with the posters above, I am thrilled about several things–that

“Councillor and health board member Paula Fletcher wants health officials to look into including bedbugs as a “health hazard.” ”

and “wants the city’s pest-control regulations expanded to add bedbugs to a list that licensing officials deal with, which includes mice, termites and cockroaches.”

and

“Currently the bugs fall under the domain of Toronto Public Health, which considers them more of a nuisance than a health concern.”

Health hazard–yes! I myself have run into a health department that considers them more of a “nuisance” than a health concern. It is so frustrating. I am glad Paula Fletcher is speaking up in Toronto.

We need a Paula Fletcher in every city.

6 hopelessnomo November 16, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Hey Keets, have you been following the Cincinnati story? Please check it out. We’re sort of awestruck with Cincinnati. Curious about your thoughts.

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