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Bed bugs and mental health: depression, suicide, PTSD

July 12, 2013

The psychological effects of bed bugs have been the recent focus of a number of articles.  It’s pretty clear that there’s a link between bed bugs and mental health in many individuals.  And an article published at the end of May (“Suicide following an infestation of bed bugs”) suggests bed bugs can now be linked […]

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Edmonton dry cleaners refuse to treat bed bug-infested clothing

January 24, 2012

Ahhhh, the laundry problem. Image credit: Carlos Porto / FreeDigitalPhotos.net People with bed bugs are often told that laundry can be washed/dried on hot, simply dried on hot, or dry cleaned.  The latter, however, is a can of worms carpet beetle larvae. The CBC reports that “many dry cleaners” in Edmonton won’t treat bed bug-infested […]

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Bed bugs in Edmonton: inspectors’ bed bug precautions, and upcoming survey of landlords

September 22, 2010

Bed bugs continue to spread in Edmonton. The Toronto Sun has a new story today about Edmonton’s health inspectors, whose work puts them in danger of bringing bed bugs home. Health inspectors are charged with inspecting homes in response to bed bug complaints: “I don’t think you’ll find an inspector who works here who doesn’t […]

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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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Ottawa man refuses bed bug treatment eight times, finally evicted

March 7, 2010

Christopher Francoeur was evicted from 415 MacLaren St. in Ottawa, after refusing to have his apartment in the infested 249-unit building treated for bed bugs. The Ottawa Citizen reports that According to a Landlord and Tenant Board ruling, the resident, Christopher Francoeur, refused to let anyone in to spray. Francoeur claims he simply got home […]

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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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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: Are We Ready? report now available

November 11, 2009

The new report on Bed Bugs in Toronto which we mentioned on Monday can now be obtained from Woodgreen Community Services (click to download the PDF), who sponsored the study along with Habitat Services and Public Interest, with funding from the City of Toronto and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Thanks to Renee […]

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New York Mayor Bloomberg signs Bed Bug Advisory Board legislation

March 19, 2009

Excellent news! This is the New York City Council’s press release containing Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks on Int. 57a, which he signed yesterday: MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A BED BUG ADVISORY BOARD Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws “The third bill before me is Introductory Number 57-A, sponsored by […]

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Comment dites-vous les bed bugs? Montreal finds out

November 17, 2006

We just heard about the recurring bed bugs at the Ryerson dorms in Toronto. Now another Canadian University, McGill in Montreal, is seeing red (well, rust-colored bugs, anyway), as reported by the McGill Daily. Students in MORE House (a brand new building) are battling a bedbug infestation that’s been in the same unit for some […]

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