Showing posts with label bed bug fight. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bed bug fight. Show all posts

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bed bugs bite students - London Free Press

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Bed bugs look like this. (QMI Agency file photo)
If you think you don't need to worry about bed bugs in London, talk to the London International Academy boarding school students.
Or better yet, take a close look at them.
It won't take long to find clusters of red bug bites on the students -- whose parents pay $20,000 per year for accommodation at the Park Tower on King St. and pre-university courses at the downtown private school.
"Right here," said one teen yesterday, rolling up his sleeve to show where he was bitten the week before. "My neck," said another, gesturing to a grouping of six angry red welts just under his chin.
Many of the students have arrived during the past month to start school meant to prepare them for Canadian university. Their English is still spotty, but when stopped out front of their residence at 186 King Street Thursday, all were familiar with the term bed bugs.
"Oh yes bed bugs," said one boy, who declined to give his name or have his picture taken. "I've been here two weeks. I was bit three or four nights.
"I don't sleep well."
Another student said he had seen the bugs and killed some, but still he wakes up with bites "every night."
Inspectors with the Middlesex-London Health Unit are aware of the situation at the building, said environmental health director Wally Adams.
He said a health unit inspector called out for something else in August noticed some bed bugs and ordered the building manager to "beef up integrated pest management measures.
When the inspector returned Aug. 23, he was satisfied that the manager had complied.
"The school and landlord are working cooperatively to address this problem," said Adams.
A manager at Park Tower said the building has dealt with "a few isolated incidences of bed bugs, no different than any other residence in London."
She too declined to give her name, but said landlords have a "preventative program in place to proactively manage pests."
She said she was too busy to comment further, but would be available for interviews after September 23. She would not comment on the significance of the 23rd.
Earlier this week the Health Unit said calls about bed bugs have doubled in two years and an official with the London Middlesex Housing Corp. said it's pest control budget has skyrocketed to $300,000 from $25,000 four years ago all because of bed bugs. The housing corp. and health unit have now partnered for a public awareness program and representatives plan to visit every city owned complex starting next week to talk to residents about bed bugs, how to recognize them and how to prepare their units for treatment.
Traditionally, the health unit does not get involved in situations regarding bed bugs because they are considered a "nuisance," not a "health hazard."
But the problem has become so widespread, that the health unit is asking the public to phone in reports of any infestations.
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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Ever Seen a Bed Bug?

Check out this video from National Geographic.

Bed Bug Fight

Ontario’s provincial government has rejected a request from Toronto for $15 million over five years to help fight bed bugs in the city.
Health Minister Deb Matthews told reporters Monday that Liberal MPP Mike Colle held a summit recently on the bed bug problem.
“It came up with a number of recommendations. We’re reviewing that very carefully,” she said.

Paula Fletcher, representative of Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth, says the city needs to move past the studying stages and set up a bed bug task force.
Female bed bugs can lay about 300 eggs in their lifetime. 
Once bedbugs get into bedding and clothing, they can be a nightmare to eliminate.
But Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s chief medical officer of health, said that his department will continue to struggle without additional resources.
“The size of the problem is new to us in the past few years. So no city has got the resources already devoted to solutions,” he said.
A meeting of the Toronto Board of Health did vote in favour of a motion from Coun. Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) to keep pushing the province for funds.
Fletcher said the city needs to move past the studying stages and set up a bed bug task force. She said the province should provide nearly $3 million so the city can establish a dedicated bed bug unit.
“Containing them, killing them with heat, caulking and sealing units, developing best practices; that is what we have learned here over the last four years. We have done enough research. We need dollars for action,” Fletcher told CTV News on Monday.
Toronto Public Health responded to more than 1,500 requests for help battling bed bugs during the first nine months of this year. It has inspected another 3,500 apartments.
Fletcher says the provincial funding would hire a dedicated staff of 17 people, including a project manager, public health inspectors and nurses. The money would also go toward improving the city’s Bug and Scrub extreme cleaning program.
Currently the city is redirecting workers from other departments to combat the bed bug scourge. But there are fears that a major outbreak or threat, such as another listeria crisis, would put an end to the war on bed bugs and lead to further growth.
But Toronto is not alone. New York, Chicago, Vancouver and other cities across the United States and Canada have faced an increase in bed bug infestations in homes and businesses.
Dan Morgan of Royal Forest Pest Services said Monday that his company has attacked the bed bug problem in $5 million homes in Forest Hill and in men’s shelters.
The bugs can hitchhike from public spaces and catch a ride home with people.
“It is awful, and people are flipping out,” said Coun. Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dube