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Bed bugs found in two locations at Northwest Territories hospital

April 24, 2014

Bed bugs were found in two different locations at Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, according to the CBC News article Bedbugs discovered at Yellowknife’s Stanton Hospital. Bed bugs were found in both the staff lounge and men’s locker rooms. Image by CambridgeBayWeather [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons According to CBC News,

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Bed bugs should be considered public health threat, Canadian researchers claim

February 16, 2013

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press showcases a new study by seven Canadian public health experts and physicians, which suggests bed bugs can and should be considered a public health threat, even though they are not known to transmit disease. According to the Winnipeg Free Press: “Because bedbugs have not been proven to transmit disease […]

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New Manitoba Bed Bug Hotline now live

May 30, 2011

Manitoba now has a hotline dedicated to distributing information about bed bugs. The CBC reported today that “The bedbug hotline and website are essential pieces of our $770,000 provincial strategy to deal with bedbug infestations,” Jim Rondeau, the healthy living minister stated in a press release on Monday. “We believe that education is the best […]

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Recent bed bug press from all over Canada

August 5, 2010

The press in Canada is aflutter with the current bed bug media frenzy. This CBC story picks up the findings of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study done by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). CBC Radio’s The Current features a story this week about how we’re “on the […]

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Regina Leader-Post warns about bed bugs in garage sale furniture

July 5, 2010

Garage sale season is at its peak, and I was glad to see the Regina Leader-Post reporting that Health Canada is warning consumers about unsafe garage sale items; the article includes a specific warning about bed bugs in secondhand furniture items.  As Pamela Cowan reports, Bedroom furniture can have more legs than buyers bargain for. […]

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Did DIY pesticide treatment lead to death?

May 31, 2010

Bed bug treatment is expensive and many people feel forced by necessity to do their own bed bug treatments for this reason. We generally advise against DIY bed bug treatment because bed bugs are difficult to treat and because misapplying or overapplying pesticides can make bed bugs worse and/or cause health problems, and even death. […]

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Bed bugs in Regina; is the cost of thermal treatments coming down?

April 19, 2010

A new article today on the rise of bed bugs in Regina, Saskatchewan, is not unusual.  This is a local story about the problem, with soundbites from a local pest management professional: Regina sees increase in bed bugs in The Leader-Post. We don’t usually cover such pieces, which mainly seem to be a promotional tool […]

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Bed bugs in Toronto public housing

March 31, 2010

Joe Fiorito has a new story in the Toronto Star today about Bill Huddlestone, who suffers from bed bugs in his Toronto Community Housing apartment on Lawrence at Morningside. To say Huddlestone has a persistent problem with bed bugs is an understatement: “They’ve sprayed 21 times in the past two years.” Okay, read that sentence […]

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Canada’s first bed bug symposium to be held in Ottawa in March

January 27, 2010

Pest Management Professional brings us good news:  the first Canadian bed bug symposium is happening in March in Ottawa, to be held concurrently with Pest World Canada (the industry conference). The Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA), Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA) and National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are partnering to present Canada’s first-ever bed […]

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Once more around the “bed bugs are not a health problem” maypole

January 7, 2010

Providers of affordable housing in Kingston, Ontario are pleading with the city to help them fund efforts to get rid of bed bugs in their rental units. Frontenac EMC news reports, “I think we have a major problem,” said Coun. Joyce MacLeod-Kane, who serves on the committee of non-profit Town Homes Kingston, one of the […]

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“Bed bugs are back, and we’re not ready,” Sean Meagher tells Toronto

November 9, 2009

“Bed bugs are back, and we’re not ready.” Those are the words Sean Meagher told a crowd of 100 people who gathered in Toronto today to discuss a new report on the city’s bed bug problem. CBC has a video about this event here (though I was glad to see it, it also contained some […]

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More on Vancouver building’s bed bug sauna

October 14, 2009

Remember the “bed bug sauna” which was designed into the new Lux residence by Vancouver supportive housing developer RainCity?  There’s an article on the building in The Province today, which notes: The latest supportive housing building to officially open in the Downtown Eastside has something no other building in the city has: a bedbug sauna. […]

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