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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Toronto Public Health scrambles for funding to continue bed bug fight

May 29, 2012

Q: You know what bed bugs hate?   A: When people fund smart programs that stop them in their tracks.    Consider the highly-successful Toronto Public Health Bed Bug Team, which was funded from May 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. It was an impressive program which carried out much needed and wide-ranging “control activities,” ranging […]

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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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Bed bugs: cinema scare in Toronto, moving day in Boston, and New York hotel, schools, and flea markets

September 2, 2010

This is a bed bug news round-up for Toronto, Boston, and New York. A Toronto International Film Festival venue was inspected for bed bugs Monday night after a filmgoer tweeted that she “woke with bites” four hours after viewing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond St. W., according to The […]

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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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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: the city does not have it together

April 13, 2010

When it comes to bed bugs, many folks have the idea that Toronto has its act together. Why?  Because it has a task force (the Toronto Bed Bug Project), initiatives like Bug and Scrub, a Public Health hotline (Toronto Health Connection 416-338-7600) where residents can call and report bed bugs so that a Public Health […]

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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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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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