bed bugs in toronto

“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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After a fire, bed bugs “rain down from ceilings” into other apartments

March 14, 2008

If the Thai train infested with bed bugs does not have you thoroughly skeeved, Joe Fiorito has a new article today in the Toronto Star on 55 Bleecker, a Toronto Community Housing (public housing) building in Toronto, where tenants have meetings about bed bugs at 2 a.m. because they’re all up anyway. 2 a.m.! That’s […]

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Toronto’s Bug and Scrub: shelter guests being trained as pest control techs

March 12, 2008

The article from Joe Fiorito yesterday (and my post on that article) mentioned an initiative being tried out at Seaton House, a City of Toronto-run shelter for men that has been operating since 1959. Men who live in the shelter are being given paid training as “pesticide technicians.” They’re being paid a good wage ($12-15/hour) […]

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Toronto Public Health now has a Bed Bug Action Committee. Action, people.

March 12, 2008

Joe Fiorito has another bed bug story in the Toronto Star today. He starts by describing pictures a public health official shows him from infestations he has encountered: Reg Ayre tapped his computer keyboard and up popped a photo of a polka dot pillow on a lonesome bed; not polka dots. “Those specks are blood,” […]

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Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health: bed bugs a “health concern,” not a “health hazard”

January 15, 2008

In some cities, the housing department inspects for bed bugs. In others, it’s public health. Toronto Public Health apparently has jurisdiction over inspections for bed bugs in the city. Joe Fiorito of Toronto’s The Star spoke with Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health about why that body can’t legally class bed bugs as a health […]

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