Toronto tenants camping outside to avoid bed bugs: update

by nobugsonme on August 18, 2007 · 4 comments

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This update from complicates matters: tenant and landlord are now playing the “bed bug blame game.” Landlord says her couch is “the source” of bed bugs, so she must have moved them in two weeks ago. Tenant says she did not have them in her old apartment.

Here’s a new article from
which goes into further detail.

There’s a stalemate:

She said she’d gladly move somewhere else — if her landlord returns her $2,000 deposit.

He said he’d gladly let her go — if she paid his $212 exterminator bill.

And there’s also the matter of the second tenant camping in a second tent. The PCO says they second tenant does not have bed bugs. However, we do know that new infestations often are hard to detect. The suggestion is that the apartments may have become infested after the landlord “cleaned” a vacant store.

As the Star reports,

Two weeks ago, Priaulx, a 34-year-old on social assistance, moved into the seven-unit Lake Shore Blvd. W. with her three children.

Last Thursday, she said, after Salo fumigated the vacant retail store attached to the building, she began seeing the bugs.

“I saw them later on Thursday night. I found one in the living room, one in my daughter’s room, and then progressively I saw more and more and more until I saw clusters of them in the apartment. In the bedding, in our couch.”

If the landlord set off a fogger (since it sounds like he did his own “fumigation”) this is known to spread bed bugs into the walls and into other adjacent units. This is why people with bed bugs should not use bug bombs.

Since the tenants aren’t out for any kind of monetary awards, save a returned deposit, it is hard to believe they’d be sleeping in a tent, in the heat of summer, next to a garbage pile infested with raccoons, mice, and rats, and in an area frequented by hookers and drug dealers (by the tenant’s description) if they did not feel they needed to.

1 Bugalina August 18, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Isn’t this awful…The landlord must be a real ” —- “…..I think we are going to see more and more drastic behavior from people who cannot accept living with bed bugs…

2 Toronto apartments August 26, 2007 at 3:07 pm

According to the guy who runs the Ontario Tenants Rights site, there are many buildings that have bed bugs in Toronto and especially in public housing run by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

3 nobugsonme August 26, 2007 at 9:05 pm

This Ontario Tenants Rights site seems like a good read. Here’s their stuff on bed bugs. Thanks Toronto.

4 Gerry Weitz November 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

There are many things people will do when confronted with a pest that is intractable, let alone bed bugs that bite at night when you are asleep. It is very likely that they are so concerned as to have moved into tents.
Regarding the landlord using self-help pesticide techniques, not only should the landlord not fog the units, but she or he should call in very competent professionals who will use a variety of techniques, not the least of which includes IPM, that is partnering with the tenants to control the spread of the epidemic. That’s my opinion, PCO at Hearts Pest Management in San Diego.

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