After a fire, bed bugs “rain down from ceilings” into other apartments

by nobugsonme on March 14, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in public housing, canada, Joe Fiorito, ontario, toronto

If the Thai train infested with bed bugs does not have you thoroughly skeeved, Joe Fiorito has a new article today in the Toronto Star on 55 Bleecker, a Toronto Community Housing (public housing) building in Toronto, where tenants have meetings about bed bugs at 2 a.m. because they’re all up anyway.

2 a.m.!

That’s just the beginning.

“There was a fire in the building in November, on the fourth floor. One man was killed. Nobody knew him; we’re still suffering from the stress of that … the bugs were totally blown out of that unit.”

Blown out?

“People were coming to me in tears, in total frustration, from bugs on the fifth floor, and more on the third floor; they were falling from the ceiling.” Bedbugs fleeing fire.

As if the horror of a fire in the building and a neighbor losing his life were not enough. Imagine bed bugs raining down from your ceiling.

Fiorito’s assessment of the public housing situation in Toronto vis a vis bed bugs?

Funny, TCHC [Toronto Community Housing Corporation] staff told me last year there might be three or four of their buildings with bedbug problems. I now believe there might be three or four without bedbug problems.

Toronto now has a Bed Bug Action Committee, so change is hopefully on its way. As I said before, I have no doubt Fiorito’s excellent series of articles on bed bugs in Toronto has a lot to do with that. Rock on, Joe!

1 victoria April 24, 2008 at 8:37 am

i have had bedbugs twice in the last 3 years.i got them from a thrift store. one from a picture frame i bought at value village and the other from a VCR i got from goodwill.

2 Gerry Weitz November 18, 2008 at 1:14 am

I am told that Canada is moving rapidly to the extreme position of opposing the use of pesticides. Of course, much of this is hysteria from right wingers in the U.S. who want to scare people from the “liberals.” That aside, I am wondering how the bed bug epidemic is changing the views of Canadians on the use of pesticides.
Also, where can I find information on changing regulations in Canada, in response to the bed bug epidemic. California, where we are located, is a very activist state, but we do not seem to be as impacted as Canada by the bed bug epidemic. So I look toward Canada as a sign of what to expect in California.


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