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Joe Fiorito on thermal, DDT, and public health

February 4, 2009

Joe Fiorito has an excellent new article today, and it represents a departure from many of his past bed bug stories, which focused on individual stories of life with bed bugs, often focusing on low-income and elderly tenants. This time, Fiorito reports on a presentation by Dr. Michael Potter, long one of our favorite entomologists, […]

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Interview with Sam Bryks on Integrated Pest Management; also, we learn about the origins of Bug n’ Scrub

January 28, 2009

Here’s an excellent discussion between Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs and Sam Bryks, a pest management expert from Toronto (and one of the advisors of the Toronto Bed Bug Project. There’s so much that is wonderful here, including a thorough exploration of what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is, and isn’t. I particularly enjoyed […]

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Toronto Star Editor-in-Chief retires

December 21, 2008

J. Fred Kuntz has been The Star’s Editor-in-Chief for 26 months and he writes in this article that he is retiring this week. How is this bed bug news? Easy: The Star has had the most persistent coverage of bed bugs in any single media publication (outside of a bed bug blog, or pest control […]

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Horrific story from Ottawa: bed bug sufferer overdoses

December 4, 2008

This story first made me want to cry. And then it made me want to smash my hand into the wall. The Ottawa Citizen reported today on the story of a local woman named Jadwiga Dziedziczak, aged 60. For ten years, she’s lived in an Ottawa public housing unit on Wurtemburg Street. She had bed […]

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Toronto landlord fights bed bugs, stays friends with tenants

November 26, 2008

Joe Fiorito has a great story today in The Star about a landlord (David Brown) and his super (Eric Marshall) and their battle with bed bugs, which started when Eric inspected a unit where the “walls were black and moving” with bed bugs (shudder): David said, “We found bedbugs in two units; this one, and […]

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Bed Bug Monday in Toronto: Joe Fiorito weighs in

November 17, 2008

In advance of today’s Bed Bug Project Update in Toronto, Joe Fiorito, the Toronto Star journalist who I am quite sure has written about bed bugs more than anyone else in the mainstream media, anywhere, weighs in. His questions and comments give a sense of how complicated a matter it is to solve a city’s […]

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Toronto Bed Bug Project Update coming Monday, forecast looking good

November 16, 2008

There’s an article in today’s Toronto Sun updating us on Toronto’s Bed Bug Project. Toronto Public Health reported yesterday that it has recorded a near 1,000% increase in bed bug infestation calls and they aren’t just from flophouses. The blood-sucking bugs have prompted 1,444 calls to public health officials for help — up from 147 […]

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Bed Bug Registry user reports bed bugs in Health Canada offices. True? Or not?

October 23, 2008

The Bed Bug Registry turned up this interesting report today: 180 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5V Found 1 report: Submitted by “Mate” on 10/23/2008 A bedbug outbreak occurred the week of Oct.13 in the 9th floor offices of Health Canada (i.e. Canada’s Department of Health). It is not known how the infestation started. Staff […]

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Toronto and Cincinnati/Hamilton County bed bug updates

October 15, 2008

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs is bringing the updates on the Toronto Bed Bug Action Committee Toronto Bed Bug Project here and here, and a rundown on what’s up with the Cincinnati / Hamilton County Joint Bed Bug Task Force Strategic Plan here. Definitely check out those posts, and the links Renee provides.

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Toronto municipal councillor pushes for bed bugs to be declared a health hazard

October 14, 2008

Toronto Municipal Councillor Howard Moscoe is pushing for bed bugs to be declared a health hazard in that city. The question is not just a semantic one. In Toronto, defining bed bugs as a “health hazard” would have legal ramifications. The CBC reports: “Because the Health Act does not declare them a health hazard, you […]

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Sleep deprived woman with bed bugs trips and falls in front of subway

May 12, 2008

This article from the Toronto Star is not about bed bugs. It’s about Theresa Kelly, who miraculously survived a fall onto the subway tracks. She managed to roll off the tracks to safety moments before the train hit. Well, that’s amazing, right? Thank Goodness. Interestingly, there’s more to this article. Kelly’s living with bed bugs. […]

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Bed bugs in Hamilton, Ontario: lessons for landlords and local governments

April 30, 2008

The Hamilton Spectator reports on the spread of bed bugs in that Ontario city. The story focuses on Lisa Courtney’s bed bug battle: Courtney tossed out her bed, mattress and linens. CityHousing, Hamilton’s social housing agency, had her Cumberland Avenue apartment treated and life returned to normal. But now, the bedbugs are back. Courtney’s anxiety […]

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