The latest supportive housing building to officially open in the Downtown Eastside has something no other building in the city has: a bedbug sauna.
The nine-storey Lux on 65 E. Hastings boasts a 400-square-foot hot room on the ground floor that heats up to 65 C to cook the voracious apple-seed-size parasites that plague many Metro Vancouver homes and Downtown Eastside hotel rooms.
It’s already seen a lot of use from Lux tenants.
“I’ve already brought my couch down two times now, said Greg Cornish, 50. “It’s a really great feature.”
And yes, it also cooks bed bugs which are not “apple-seed-size” but are as small as first instar 1/32″ (1mm) long nymphs.
I want one in my building! That and the luxe bamboo flooring… sweet.