Bug and Scrub

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 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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Good Shepherd Works Program helps bed bug sufferers in Hamilton, Ontario

February 26, 2010

There have been a flurry of articles on bed bugs in Hamilton, Ontario this week.   Today, the Hamilton Spectator brings our attention to the Good Shepherd Works Program, which assists people in Hamilton who are dealing with bed bugs.  Ralph Guarino was one of those who benefitted: “Oh my God, you’re sleeping and you get […]

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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 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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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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