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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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Ontario will fight bed bugs with $5 million in funds and an educational campaign

January 10, 2011

Remember how Toronto officials asked Ontario for $15 million to fight bed bugs over five years, and were denied this funding? Now, Ontario is committing $5 million to fight bed bugs across the entire province. You can read more about this on Ontario News, a government-run news website. The provincial funding includes “up to $5 […]

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Bed bugs in Toronto: money needed to fight this villain

December 15, 2010

Torontist has crowned bed bugs as one of its 2010 Villains of the Year, as they did in 2009. And bed bugs may actually win the Supervillain! title this year, since they’ve been hard at work in Toronto. And thriving. After all, a recent request from the city for $15 million from the provincial Ontario […]

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Bed bug bites drive Toronto resident to sleep on balcony

October 6, 2010

The Toronto Sun reports that an East York woman named Lori Howard is sleeping on her balcony to avoid bed bug bites: … since bedbugs began biting inside her new flat, she has been sleeping — and changing clothes — on her 10th floor balcony. ‘I never had it before,’ Howard said Saturday, a day […]

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A different kind of bed bug summit to be held in Toronto this week

September 26, 2010

There’s going to be a different kind of bed bug summit on Wednesday, in Toronto, according to this article in yesterday’s Star: The brainchild of Liberal MPP Mike Colle, the summit will be held not at a hotel but at a government room in the Hepburn Block of Queen’s Park. The summit, which was open […]

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Toronto’s Reference Library vs. bed bugs

July 18, 2010

You didn’t think New York was going to have all the fun, did you? With all the local media frenzy in the Big Apple, we mustn’t forget that bed bugs are a problem everywhere. Toronto has been one of the hardest hit cities in North America. And now Toronto’s CityNews reports that the city’s Metro […]

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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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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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Will bed bugs be Torontoist’s “Supervillain of 2009”?

December 17, 2009

Torontoist is running its Heroes and Villains contest for 2009; readers can vote for the Superhero and Supervillain of 2009. Bed bugs are in the Villains contest; Torontoist writes: This was the year bed bugs finally achieved genuine epidemic status in Toronto. In November, a report funded by the city and the Ontario Ministry of […]

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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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Bed bug sniffing dogs abound

March 11, 2009

Dog Nose Originally uploaded by jason044 The dog’s nose is a potentially powerful tool in the fight against bed bugs. It’s a war where the enemy is notoriously stealthy. We need all the help we can get. Bed bug canines are always popular in the news media. Like some other bed bug-related services (such as […]

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CTV report on bed bugs in an Ottawa home

February 19, 2009

This week, Canada’s CTV has been featuring stories on pests that invade the home. There’s a video story on bed bugs in an Ottawa home — an in-depth examination of what it’s like to live with, and fight bed bugs. The young woman interviewed (anonymously) in this interview is the daughter of Itchy-Scratchy, a Bedbugger […]

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