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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on June 24th, 2017

(MENAFN Editorial) GreenLeaf Pest Control is a firm that has set an industry standard for environmentally friendly and quality pest control services in Mississauga, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Oakville, and Vaughan. They also offer their services in Toronto, Barrie, and the whole Greater Toronto Area. Their mission is to provide pest control services to their customers with the dedication. Providing value and quality for environmental awareness and money. Besides, the company specializes in bed bug removal in Burlington.

Their Manager said, ‘Regardless of the pests that are bringing challenges in your business or home, GreenLeaf Pest Control can provide the expert support and knowledge you require to remove them safely. With our mission to provide the most eco-friendly pest control services possible, our team will ensure your business or home is pest-free with only the reasonable use of pesticides during the treatment process. Our extensive list of pest control in Guelph includes residential pest control, commercial pest control and management, wasp control, ant control, and bedbug detection and removal. We also provide humane wildlife removal, bee removal, repair of structures and bird Control. We also handle mice and rat control services in Guelph.

Serving as the Guelph pest control provider of choice, GreenLeaf Pest Control is committed to seeking the most effective and safest solutions to treat clients’ pest problems while minimizing the impact placed on the environment. Through the use of organic treatments, traps, baits, and enzymes, their team will ensure a customer’s business or home is pest free while achieving nothing less or nothing more than is needed to solve one’s problem and prevent pests from recurring in the future.

The Manager added, ‘At GreenLeaf Pest Control, we provde clients with canine bed bug detection with dogs that have been trained in an NESDCA certified facility to ensure that they only detect bed bugs that are alive and eggs that are viable. Apart from being freely tested, our dogs’ training is internationally recognized, guaranteeing that you are getting a perfect detection possible of bed bugs that are not always visible by day. Additionally, even if the presence of bed bugs in your commercial establishment, apartment, or home has not yet reached what would be considered an infestation; our trained dogs can detect even a single bed bug. GreenLeaf Pest Control is the leading company when it comes to solving problems associated with bed bugs in Toronto.

GreenLeaf Pest Control is a well-established, professional, and friendly company that prides itself on offering the best quality services for pest control in Hamilton. Their professionals are well-trained and well-equipped with the resources to do the job, and therefore they can start working immediately, once they get to know about a client’s concern. Their firm is a distinguished company in the field of pests as their each, and every service contains quality assurance, and hence they are the perfect solution for all pest-related issues. They offer customized and quick services to every customer of theirs since they understand that every building is different, and so is the level of pest infestations in it.

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Posted by: simmons in Toronto Bed Bugs on June 23rd, 2017

The first glimpse of Grenfell Tower was the most awful thing Ive seen in person. Shocking. Evil. Seemingly unreal, like the set of a disaster film: a burnt and blackened residential tower rising into a beautiful blue sky in a most tranquil part of London.

I was in London by coincidence last week, arriving a day after the fire that incinerated the tower and has left at least 79 dead. London is a city thats been dealing with what seems near weekly attacks, and this one was on a catastrophic scale, not due to an outside threat or domestic terrorist, but rather a home-grown political and policy disaster.

Located in the north corner of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the wealthiest of Londons 33 boroughs, Grenfell is a high-rise tower on a small public housing estate tucked in between expensive homes.

Closer to the police perimeter around Grenfell, posters of missing children and adults appeared, pasted to walls and poles. Then there were memorials: messages written on Post-it notes and banks of flowers many dozens deep. Other messages demanded Justice 4 Grenfell and listed the long-ignored complaints local residents had made to both the building management and the Kensington council government.

London stay strong & stay united. May those souls rest, read one message written on the pillars of the Westway, Londons Gardiner-like elevated highway that runs nearby. The neighbourhood is a geography of utter sadness, with hundreds of people standing around the periphery, some crying, reading memorials or just staring at the tower. People had to come see it for themselves.

Grenfell is the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of the housing crisis cities like London and Toronto are enduring, where even people who identify as middle class have difficultly finding decent housing. That 1911 New York City factory fire killed 146 garment workers and led to major fire safety and worker rights reforms. Suddenly the wider public saw there was a problem, and change came quickly. Similarly, the 1960 Hoggs Hollow tunnel fire that killed five construction workers in Toronto led to changes to Ontario labour laws.

As an architect your primary responsibility is that buildings are safe for inhabitants, and changes will come from this, Graeme Stewart, a principal at Torontos ERA Architects, said referring to the Grenfell fire. The Great Fire of London [in 1666] instituted huge changes, like fire walls.

Stewart was in London to speak at a forum on Estate Regeneration organized by Urban Design London, a non-profit agency that works closely with Transport for London, the citys massive authority responsible for both roads and public transit, and the local borough governments, which build and maintain public housing. He was there to talk about Tower Renewal, a program that aims to rehabilitate our aging stock of residential towers. Toronto has more than 1,000 of them, many built during the same era as Grenfell, and around a million people live in towers across the GTA as well. The project was adopted by the City of Toronto and is spreading to other Canadian cities.

Tower Renewal is just now moving from policy changes to demonstration sites. Part of the program includes recladding existing towers with new insulating skin, and finding ways to add infill housing between existing towers while improving the conditions of older apartments and the public spaces around them.

To be certain, Ontarios fire codes are different than those in Britain for instance we require more than one staircase in our apartment buildings, and the cladding materials that caught fire are different here but Grenfell is on the minds of everyone advocating for more and better housing today.

At the Urban Design forum, Stewart remarked that we are 20 years behind where London is, which means though we have much work to do in improving the existing stock of homes and adding new ones, theres time to make sure were doing it right. At home, were at the beginning, so this will reframe what our best practices are, he says. Its a good time for a sober review of our building codes and existing housing stock.

So while there is blessedly no reason to panic here about similar tower fires, Grenfell isnt just about fire safety reform, its about the conditions people are increasingly living in and simply building new homes. Bedbugs, caving in ceilings and other problems are part of a backlog of repairs Torontos public housing stock needs: $350 million is required by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) next year alone or theyll have to close 400 homes, with $2.6 billion needed over the next 10 years.

These troubles do not have the drama of a fire and are largely hidden, but they affect the quality of life, health and economy of everyone who lives in these conditions, and in turn will affect those who dont. Yet were arguing about who has to pay for this in a city that religiously refuses to raise property taxes and continues to cut services across the board. More things will start falling apart.

The difference between Toronto and London, and a particular challenge for programs such as Tower Renewal, is much of our housing stock is privately owned, with only about 10 per cent of Torontos towers in public hands. Seventy-six per cent of Canadas rental housing buildings were built more than 36 years ago, says Yael Santopinto, co-leading the Tower Renewal project at ERA with Stewart and also in London for the forum. Ownership fragmentation is a challenge. These are homes that students, seniors and families live in.

Last month, hundreds of residents in Parkdale initiated an ongoing rent strike against MetCap Living Management Inc., a company that owns more than a dozen buildings in Parkdale alone. Its yet more evidence deteriorating living conditions are widespread and not limited to public housing. Combined with high rents and a limited supply, all but the wealthiest among us are having great difficulty finding housing in Toronto, yet it seems every new housing development, rental or condo, big or small, is opposed by existing residents.

Santopinto also notes the dichotomy that improving existing buildings can allow a landlord to raise rents, affecting affordability. The light in this dark time, if there is any, is the nascent National Housing Strategy germinating in Ottawa right now.

Were at an incredible moment, she says of its potential to create new housing and fix our existing stock. Will we get behind it, even if it costs considerable money? Will the NIMBYs keep opposing everything?

Grenfell is a warning we need to heed. If we dont, the ongoing, home-grown tragedy in Toronto and other Canadian cities will continue to corrode both our economy and society.

Shawn Micallef writes every Saturday about where and how we live in the GTA. Wander the streets with him on Twitter @shawnmicallef

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Posted by: simmons in Toronto Bed Bugs on June 20th, 2017

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Home Bed Bugs Identifying Bed Bugs

Since bed bugs are nocturnal and so small, detecting them can be very difficult. Signs & symptoms of a bed bug infestation can be found in bedding and on mattresses. People will sometimes roll onto bedbugs while sleeping, resulting in blood stains on the sheets. Live bed bugs will leave dark brown or black spots of dried excrement on infested surfaces after feeding and also exude a very subtle sweet, musty odour.

Bedbugs are small, flat and have oval-shaped bodies. They have six legs and two antennae. Bed bugs cannot fly and have short, golden coloured body hair that can make their bodies appear to be striped.

Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in colour and approximately 5-6mm in length. After feeding, bed bugs can swell to upwards of 10mm and get fatter and darker in colour.

Bed bug nymphs are approximately 1-4mm in length (the size of the head of a pin) and are white or a golden colour until they feed. This light coloration acts as a camouflage and helps them hide in mattresses and carpets.

Learn more about bed bug life stages.

Our well-equipped laboratory helps Orkin Canada Technicians and our clients identify the exact species of pest in an infestation.

The Orkin Canada QA lab is well equipped with the latest in diagnostic and identification technology.

Equipment used for analytical entomology in the QA lab includes a compound microscope with digital camera. It is capable of magnifying objects up to 1000x times and capturing images at a high resolution to assist our technicians with high defined analysis (examination) of extremely small specimens.

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A bed bug after it has had a blood meal.

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Posted by: simmons in Canada Bed Bugs on June 18th, 2017

Moving season means garage sales, free furniture on the curb, rented moving vans and increased anxiety that bed bugs might take advantage of any of these things to work their way into new homes.

After two years of stability, there’s an increase in bed bugs in Montreal, according to Mathieu Vachon, a spokesperson for Montreal’s Public Housing Authority.

“It’s still a very big problem in Montreal,” he said.

Bed bugs are rarely seen but are recognizable because they look slightly like apple seeds and are flatif they haven’t eaten, or plump and red if they have snacked on someone’s blood recently.

Look for them in bed frames, mattresses, drapes, floorboards, carpets, book bindings, electrical outletsbasically anywhere that isn’t pure plastic.

Pest specialists stress prevention and a quick responseif a person spots anysigns that a home has some tiny, hostile visitors.

“Moving Day” in Montreal is coming up July 1. Along with all the other consideration that go into changes spaces, don’t forget bed bugs. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Vachon said that calling a professional is the best solution for anyone facing an infestation treating it oneself with a store bought item is a bad idea.

“First off they’re useless,” Vachon said.

“They only push away the bugs. So if you’re in an apartment building, they may just push them to your neighbours.”

Never pick up furniture on the curb. Mattresses, lamps, drawers, chairs, sofas, you name it, it could be infested.

Vachon said a good neighbour should visiblydamage items that are infested to make it clear that are not to be taken.

Be careful when shopping at garage sales as well and inspect items before buying.

One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure? No, leave it. This garbage could be infested with bed bugs. (Stu Mills/CBC)

Moving vans and the reused blankets that movers put on items can have bed bugs in them.

Put fabric items in tightly closed plastic bags and seal boxes with tape, making sure all opening are blocked.

Also, cover mattresses and furniture with big plastic bags that can be tightly sealed off.

Make sure your movers are aware of the bed bug problem and are working to ensure their service isn’t spreading the pest.

“The person who has bed bugs will infest the truck and all the people who move that day,” pest control specialist HaroldLeaveysaid.

Inspect a rented van before putting items in it.

Vacuum the inside and throw the bag out in a bin outside your home immediately afterward.

Inspect your new space before moving furniture in. It’s easier to check for bed bugs with a flashlight when there aren’t any items in the way.

Vachon said its best to pay particular attention to the bedroom bed bugs rarely move beyond it unless there are so many that thereisn’t enough room for all of them in there.

Insects gather in corners and around electrical outlets. (150 Sanford Ave. N Facebook group)

Bed bugs can hide in electrical sockets, mouldings, behind radiators and even in cracks in the walls.

Leavey said it’s important not to stop living out of fear of a bed bug infestation.

He said that some of his clients have told him they’re so scared of getting bed bugs that they avoid going to the movies worried one will crawl onto them from the seat cushions.

“You can’t let it get that bad. At that point,bed bugs aren’t burrowing into our mattress, they’re in our head,” Leavey said.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on June 16th, 2017

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki, Drawn and Quarterly, 248 pages, $27.95. ( Drawn and Quarterly ) Jillian Tamaki, author of Boundless. ( Reynard Li / Reynard Li )

By Sue CarterMetro

Fri., June 16, 2017

Theres a brilliant new social-media app called Binky, which works just like Facebook or Twitter, except for one major difference: all those scrolling images of food, furniture and animals are randomly generated, and dont belong to real people (Binky refers to a nickname for a baby pacifier). This app seems innocent enough nothing more than an innocuous time-killer, or a way to avoid awkward social interactions especially if you compare it to the monstrous one that appears in Jillian Tamakis comic 1.Jenny.

In Tamakis story, which appears in her new collection Boundless, a mirror Facebook site grows organically, making subtle changes to everyones profiles, including their romantic interests, hobbies and even snack cravings. Everyone is obsessed. The main character, Jenny, works in a garden nursery, and asks for a transfer to the flowering bush department so she can surreptitiously check her phone and her alternative life more often. Under the Toronto cartoonists beautifully rendered illustrations, the nursery foliage is lush but claustrophobic, closing in around bubbled status updates where Jenny discovers that her Facebook doppelganger watched Top Gun, owns an unflattering blue sweater and is now dating a guy named 1.Robert.

Tamaki herself admits to having an unhealthy relationship to technology. Its a way of momentarily turning off ones brain, a familiar, comforting mental space you can carry around with you, she says. I cannot easily disconnect but I only feel bad about it sometimes. Its how I maintain many of my friendships.

As a kid growing up in Calgary, Tamaki spent a lot of time in the Alberta countryside, which she believes is why she values open spaces so much. And she was always drawing. Tamaki remembers going through a phase where shed obsessively sketch photographs of horses, which helped develop her physically muscular illustration style and the discipline required to draw the repetitive scenes for serial comics.

Despite her love of drawing, Tamaki was never into comics, though she was a fan of Archie and the Riverdale gang, to whom she was introduced by her younger sister. (Though she considers herself incredibly nostalgic, Tamaki loves the CW show Riverdale for how willing they are to go off canon.) Comics didnt enter the picture until she was a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, making zines and discovering the work of artists such as Adrian Tomine, Chester Brown and Seth. (Today, Tamaki, too, is a cartooning idol: her work draws just as many fans to events such as the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.)

Then, as the story goes, came the big break. In 2005, Tamaki partnered with her cousin Mariko on Skim, a 24-page comic about a teenage Wiccan goth and her boundary-skirting relationship with a female teacher, for the Toronto literary magazine Kiss Machine. Both were new to the comics form, and without any preconceived rules to hold them back, were willing to experiment. Skim impressed Groundwood Books then-publisher Patsy Aldana so much she signed the cousins to produce a full-length edition. The graphic novel was internationally lauded for its nuanced, sensitive but provocative storytelling and show-stopping illustrations.

Boundless demonstrates Tamakis incredible versatility as an artist, effortlessly mixing up photo-realistic to painterly styles. How she decides to render a drawing is a purely instinctual process. I am intrigued by the information contained within lines and colours and shapes and how those interact with words, she says. Some stories showcase Tamakis dry wit, which was on full display in her last book, SuperMutant Magic Academy, about a high school for outsider superheroes.

Many of the subjects in Boundless deal with modern anxieties, from getting rid of bedbugs and boyfriends, to cultish skin-care systems and internet viruses that rip apart the universe. Her characters worries and obsessions all feel relatable and familiar, even when the story is about a woman who shrinks down to the size of a dust particle. Tamaki refuses to call her work therapeutic in any way, though.

Writing feels like work or a personal challenge, she says. That said, of course creating it involves deep meditation on a topic. As for what I am personally freaked out about: world politics, economic disparity and housing instability within Toronto.

She just finished her first picture book, which will be out next year, and is looking ahead to the future.

So I guess Im thinking about next projects, she says. My first book of the Trump era.

Sue Carter is the editor of Quill and Quire.

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Posted by: simmons in Toronto Bed Bugs on June 15th, 2017

Theres a brilliant new social-media app called Binky, which works just like Facebook or Twitter, except for one difference: those scrolling images of food are randomly generated, and dont belong to real people. The app seems innocent nothing more than an innocuous time-killer especially if you compare it to the monstrous one that appears in Jillian Tamakis comic 1.Jenny.

In Tamakis story, which appears in her new collection Boundless, a mirror Facebook site grows organically, making subtle changes to everyones profiles, including their romantic interests, hobbies and snack cravings. Everyone is obsessed. The main character, Jenny, works in a garden nursery, and asks for a transfer to the flowering bush department so she can surreptitiously check her alternative life more often. Under the Toronto cartoonists beautifully rendered illustrations, the nursery foliage is lush but claustrophobic, closing in around status updates where Jenny discovers that her Facebook doppelganger watched Top Gun and is now dating a guy named 1.Robert.

Tamaki herself admits to having an unhealthy relationship to technology. Its a way of momentarily turning off ones brain, a familiar, comforting mental space you can carry around with you, she says. I cannot easily disconnect but I only feel bad about it sometimes. Its how I maintain many of my friendships.

As a kid growing up in Calgary, Tamaki was always drawing. She remembers sketching photographs of horses, which helped develop her physically muscular illustration style and the discipline required to draw the repetitive scenes for serial comics. Tamaki was never into comics, though she was a fan of Archie and the Riverdale gang, to whom she was introduced by her younger sister. Comics didnt enter the picture until she was a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design, making zines and discovering the work of artists like Adrian Tomine and Seth. Today, Tamaki too is a cartooning idol: her work draws just as many fans to events like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

In 2005, Tamaki partnered with her cousin Mariko on Skim, a 24-page comic about a teenage Wiccan goth and her boundary-skirting relationship with a female teacher, for the Toronto literary magazine Kiss Machine. Both were new to the form, and without any rules to hold them back, were willing to experiment. Skim impressed Groundwood Books then-publisher Patsy Aldana so much she signed the cousins to produce a full-length edition. The graphic novel was internationally lauded for its nuanced but provocative storytelling and show-stopping illustrations.

Boundless demonstrates Tamakis incredible versatility as an artist, effortlessly mixing up photo-realistic to painterly styles. How she decides to render a drawing is a purely instinctual process. I am intrigued by the information contained within lines and colours and shapes and how those interact with words, she says. Some stories showcase Tamakis dry wit, which was on full display in her last book, SuperMutant Magic Academy, about a high school for outsider superheroes. Many of the subjects in Boundless deal with modern anxieties, from getting rid of bedbugs and boyfriends, to cultish skin-care systems. Her characters worries feel relatable, even when the story is about a woman who shrinks down to the size of a dust particle, but Tamaki refuses to call her work therapeutic. Writing feels like work or a personal challenge, she says.That said, of course creating it involves deep meditation on a topic. As for what I am personally freaked out about: world politics, economic disparity and housing instability within Toronto. She just finished her first picture book, which will be out next year, and is now looking ahead to the future. So I guess Im thinking about next projects, she says. My first book of the Trump era.

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Posted by: simmons in Canada Bed Bugs on June 15th, 2017

A resident of a New Westminster apartment building says a coming renoviction will leave her and 60 to 100 of her low-income neighbours with few options.

Peggy Casey says the third-floor residents of Westcourt Manor on 7th Streetwere given a formal renoviction notice in May, meaning they have to move out by the end of July.

Residents of the first and second floor have been put on notice informally, and been told that once management gets renovation permits from the city, they too will be renovicted.

“Even the crummiest places around here have a waitlist. And the places that don’t have either exorbitant rent or they have bedbugs or just really, really poor management,” Casey said.

“If we can’t find a place by the end of the two months, then we’re looking at having to couch surf at our friends’ houses until we can actually find something.”

Casey has lived in her two-bedroom apartment for seven years and pays $960 per month.

“I’m looking at what I’m going to have to pay in rent, compared to what I’ve been paying, and it’s a huge leap.”

Casey argues that while the suites could use some work, there aren’t enough problems to justify the renovictions.

She suspects the real motivation behind the renovictions is to remove the long-term renters so rents can be raised beyond the usual year-over-year amount allowed by the Residential Tenancy Act.

New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy says renovictions are becoming more frequent in the city, especially when it comes to low-rise buildings built in the ’60s and ’70s

“Rumours are circulating in a lot of our low-rise, affordable rental buildings in the city,” she said. “So there is a climate of considerable uncertainty.”

She says the heart of the issue is the lack of tenants rights in the Residential Tenancy Act and the lack of affordable options.

The building’s owners, the M1 Group, say the work at WestcourtManor is necessary because significant upgrades have not been done since 1970.

In a statement, they saidit is “unfortunate” that the tenants will need to leave, but thatresidents of the second floor will receive more notice before their eviction after third-floor residents expressed surprise at the timeline.

“We have taken proactive steps including speaking directly with tenants on the specific implications, how we may offer assistance as well as what governmental support there may be available to them,” the company wrote.

“We also contacted property management companies regarding potential rentals that may be available.”

New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote says WestcourtManor is one of two apartment buildings being renovictedin the cityat the moment.

“Building owners do need to make significant renovations, but when you’ve got residents that have been living in the building 10-plus years, it can be quite a traumatic situation,” he said.

“We are trying to do everything we can at the municipal level to try and address the issue of housing in our city and our region, but it’s going to require further support from both the provincial and federal government.”

Casey agrees protection of renters’ rights could be improved, but says that doesn’t help with her situation here and now.

“I probably won’t wind up living in New West after this. I probably won’t find a place here,” she said.

“Where do the low-income people have to go?”

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Posted by: simmons in Canada Bed Bugs on June 14th, 2017

Waking up several times during the night with itchy skin, Mr and Mrs E (whose names have been withheld) have not had a good nights sleep in almost a year. They have tried everything from tossing out their belongings including bedding replacing the wooden bed with a metal-framed one, and flea bombing their subdivided apartment numerous times. But they still cant get rid of their unwanted intruders, bed bugs.

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Theyre getting desperate, because Mrs E is pregnant and due to give birth any day. On a visit to their cramped apartment in Cheung Sha Wan with Francisco Pazos, head technician of pest control company nobedbugs-hk.com, Pazos lifts the blanket and immediately sees the small dark insects crawling on the bed. Many more appear as he moves the mattress.

Judging by the amount of droppings, Pazos estimates there are more than a million bed bugs in the apartment, and classifies the case as an extreme infestation. The neighbouring apartments are likely to be crawling in them, he says.

Bed bugs (Cimex hemipterus) feed on blood, are arguably the most irritating household pests, and are indiscriminate lodgers. They can be found in all types of homes, clean or dirty, big or small.

Pazos next takes us to a luxurious, 3,700 sq ft Mid-Levels flat. One of two domestic helpers suspects the critters hitchhiked to Hong Kong with her employer when he returned from a trip to the mainland. The parasites have since spread to all of the bedrooms.

Bed bug infestations are on the rise – and the pests are hard to kill

Hong Kong is on the verge of a major bed bug epidemic, Pazos warns. There are only two types of households in Hong Kong: those who have bed bugs and those who will have bed bugs.

The Spanish expert, who has dealt with the pests for more than 10 years, says the city is a Disneyland for bed bugs because the high population density and small, cluttered homes are perfect breeding conditions. Seams of mattresses, crevices in furniture and cracks between floorboards are all ideal hiding places for bed bugs.

Pazo says his team receives more than 500 phone enquiries a month. They visit some districts more frequently, such as Tung Chung and Ho Man Tin, but Pazos says this is not a reflection of how severe the problem is in these areas. Rather, middle-class families in these neighbourhoods are more likely to have the financial means to pay for treatment. The cost ranges from HK$1,500 to HK$18,000, depending on the type of treatment, size of the home and the level of infestation.

The resurgence of bed bugs is a worldwide problem. They were almost wiped out in the 1960s through use of the pesticide DDT. The pesticide was later found to have wide-ranging harmful effects, and was banned worldwide in 2001 under the Stockholm Convention. Since then, the critters have made a comeback.

We experienced a sudden reappearance around 2000, followed by rapid population growth, mirrored across most of Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, says Dr Richard Naylor, an entomologist from University of Sheffield, in northern England, who studies the bloodsuckers behaviour.

One theory about the spread of bed bugs in Hong Kong is that they are imported from the mainland, where migrant workers dormitories and trains have spread the pest rapidly across the country. Shenzhen has a large immigrant population and many factory dorms, where bed bug infestations are often reported. Considering its vicinity to Hong Kong, the risk of bed bugs spreading from Shenzhen to Hong Kong is high, says Dr Changlu Wang, an entomologist from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

New York, with a population density comparable to Hong Kongs, suffered a mass infestation in 2010, when bedbugs were reported in hotels, shops and cinemas. City authorities had received more than 8,000 complaints in 2008 alone.

Sleeping in McDonalds better than in a bug-infested bed at home, says Hong Kong McSleeper

Statistics on the number of homes affected are difficult to obtain because many sufferers are too embarrassed to report the problem. There is a stigma surrounding bed bugs. People believe that they are associated with dirty places, which isnt true. But because of this, people tend not to talk about the problem, Naylor says.

Some people may be aware of the problem because not everyone reacts to their bite.

Cheung (who didnt want her full name revealed) took her eight-year-old son to two doctors when he developed rashes on his skin. One doctor laughed off the suggestion the rash could have been caused by insect bites.

Our youngest son was being eaten alive and was misdiagnosed by two different doctors, who put him on antihistamines for several weeks, Cheung says. The drugs made him drowsy but his rashes just got worse. The cause was only discovered after another of Cheungs sons got rashes from bites, and they did some online research.

The easiest way to tell if you have a bed bug problem is by looking for droppings pin head sized black dots normally found on bedsheets, Pazos says. Another way is to blow hot air from a hairdryer into the corners of a wooden bed, which will flush them out. They are typically brown and flat, and up to 4.5mm long.

Bed bugs possess many qualities that make them hard to get rid of. Containing an infestation is notoriously difficult due to how quickly they grow and reproduce. An adult female bed bug can lay about 25 eggs a week. The life cycle from egg to adult takes about six weeks, which means if a single female bug finds its way into your bed, it can keep on laying fertile eggs, and by the time its ready to mate again, its own offspring will be reaching maturity, Naylor says.

This ability to inbreed means they can mutate, and produce stronger detoxifying enzymes that can break down insecticides. They can grow a thicker protective exterior that prevents insecticides from harming them.

Modern populations of bed bugs now have widespread resistance to every major class of insecticide, Naylor says. So its not surprising that people are struggling to control the insects using conventional insecticides.

Most of Pazos clients have already tried terminating bedbugs with flea bombs or by employing pest control companies, to no avail. [Flea bombing] is the worst thing you can do, Pazos says. They feel uncomfortable and will stop feeding for a night or two, but they will come back when they are hungry. It only makes them more difficult to kill because they hide deeper inside the walls.

Pazos has found another way of combating bed bugs that he says has been particularly effective. He uses an amorphous silicon gel powder, which he dusts on every surfaces of an infected apartment, and kills the insects by dehydrating them. It is completely harmless, he says. To prove his point, a colleague dips his finger in the powder and slips it in his mouth. (Not all types of silicon gel are non-toxic, Pazos stresses.)

Another, more expensive, method, is to raise the temperature of an apartment up to 60 degrees, which Pazos can do using special equipment. It is almost like a sauna, he says. Bedbugs die when the temperature reaches about 48 degrees, but Pazos maintains the heat for three hours so it penetrates walls, furniture and mattresses.

Pasoz shows how the heat treatment works, on a visit the cluttered flat of an elderly couple in Shau Kei Wan. It was one of the worst cases he had seen. When he first visited, the bed bugs, which are normally inactive in daylight, were crawling on the floor. The elderly man, who suffered the most, had thrown out the mattress and was sleeping on plastic sheets to prevent bites.

I wanted to cry seeing how my old man suffered, his wife says.

Its been five weeks since Pazos and his team first visited the flat. They have since done one heat treatment and applied the silicon dust three times. Like a detective on the hunt for evidence, Pazos lifts up the wooden bed panel and, bingo, he finds fresh bedbug droppings.

Despite rounds of chemical warfare and turning up the heat, Pazos job is not yet done.

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Although bed bugs dont pose any serious health concerns they do live and hide in the areas where we sleep. They are mostly found in bedding, mattresses, on headboards and in bed frames and box springs. Due to their size and nocturnal nature bed bugs can easily go undetected. Dark spots and small blood stains may indicate the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs also give off a sweet musty odour and will often leave their eggs and molted skins near areas they have infested. Good housekeeping may not eliminate the problem. Even upscale hotels are not immune bed bugs can thrive in a spotlessly clean room. Bed Bug infestations are difficult to deal with, and success depends on the thoroughness of the preparation, treatment and the follow-up. One of the most important steps in effective bed bug control is the accurate identification of bed bugs presence before starting any treatments. Home remedies, available in stores, are not very effective getting rid of a bed bug infestation. If you do choose to use an over-the-counter insecticide, make sure to read the label closely and follow directions. Your best course of action is to immediately contact your local Orkin Canada branch as we have extensive experience dealing with bed bugs. Pest control professionals administer the most effective treatments. It is advised that anyone with a suspected bed bug infestation contact their local expert to arrange an inspection and consultation.

There is no way to prevent bed bugs entirely; however, experts agree that early detection is the best way to prevent them from establishing themselves. A bed bug dog is your best tool for early detection. To prevent bed bug infestations you need to be vigilant in examining your surroundings. When returning from a trip, or a night out check both your clothing and luggage. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control professional. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.

Bed bugs are small, nocturnal and very difficult to detect. They are also very rugged insects and that can live for up to a year without feeding. They can hide in cracks and crevices and in hard to find spots and can withstand a temperature from almost freezing up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. All of these facts make treating bed bugs very difficult and should always be done by a professional pest control technician such as your local highly trained Orkin Canada Technician.

Short of inspecting your own or a guests luggage and belongings as they come in, there is no known way to completely prevent bed bugs from entering a property. And once they are inside, two bed bugs can lay up to ten eggs in one day. Thats why it is important to have any rooms with a bed bug problem treated immediately to prevent them from becoming a widespread infestation.

To address current infestations, Orkin Canada will provide an aggressive treatment strategy that includes a thorough inspection of areas of concern to locate harbourage sites, as well as treatment of both infested and potentially infested areas. Orkin Canada will also conduct a follow-up inspection to ensure that the treatment was effective.

The threat of bed bugs is always present but Orkin Canada is always ready. Armed with the best training in the industry plus over 100 years of experience and success Orkin professionals will provide training for your housekeeping and engineering staff on proactive bed bug measures. A favourite spot for bed bugs to hide is under the seams of box springs and mattresses. Orkin Canada will teach the housekeeping staff to inspect for bed bugs while servicing rooms and thus helping identifiy bed bugs in hotels rooms.

An effective bed bug control strategy must start with an inspection. A highly trained pest control professional, such as your local Orkin Canada technician, would start with a thorough inspection of all known and suspected spots where bed bugs might be hiding. Bed bugs are not pests that can be effectively controlled by do-it-yourself means. If bed bugs are detected your pest control professional will develop a customized treatment and control strategy with you that depends on the size of the infestation.

Rising complaints about these unwelcome guests are leading to red faces at the reception desks of hotels and an increase in the number of help calls. Even though they dont pose a health threat, bed bugs, which live off human blood, can take a nasty bite out of a hotels reputation and business.

Orkin Canada recommends that you follow A.I.M. for the best results, when dealing with bed bug infestations. Assess the Situation: Your Orkin Canada Technician performs a thorough inspection of your home to locate any current bed bug infestations. Implement a customized treatment plan: Every bed bug problem is different; so is every treatment. Your Orkin Canada Technician is an expert on the entomology and life cycle of bed bugs and uses the appropriate treatment to match the extent of your problem. To protect your family and pets, your technician uses integrated pest control methods safely applying products only when needed. Monitor Results: With our established Quality Assurance regimens we will document everything & follow-up. Bed bugs are extremely hardy. A return visit from your technician helps ensure the maximum effectiveness of your program. In addition, we offer protective mattress covers to help prevent future infestations. Schedule a Bed Bug Inspection Today! Want to learn more about bed bugs? Click one of the links below:

If you suspect a bed bug problem, for best results, you should immediately contact a professional pest control company such as Orkin Canada and our highly trained technicians.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on June 10th, 2017

Editors note: Its Bug Bed Awareness Week.

Bed bugs were rare in the United States from 1930 to about 1980. Since 1980, most U.S. cities and even many small towns have become infested with bed bugs with the rate of bedbugs doubling every five years or so.

There are many theories about why bed bugs were absent and why they have come back, but there is no actual facts other than that this phenomena is going on all over Europe, U.S., Canada, and Australia. One interesting theory is that the war against cockroaches is responsible for the increase in bed bugs since cockroaches naturally eat bed bugs and prevent them from infesting the home.

Bed bug eradication has become a big business. Large hotel chains regularly employ bedbug sniffing dogs that are brought into each room in the building to alert management as to which rooms need bedbug eradication. Both traditional pest management companies and many newcomers have sprung up all over the U.S. to rid your premises of this dreaded creature.

Other than being disgusting, why do we care about bed bugs? Because bed bugs bite human beings to live.They take tiny amounts of human blood and leave painful, very itchy bites mostly in straight lines on shoulders, backs and arms.They do not directly cause disease, but when their victims scratch the woundsit can result in serious infections and scarring of skin.

So what can you do if you find bed bugs in your home? The treatment can be complex and sometimes quite expensive because bed bugs are very small (the largest adult is about 1/5 of an inch) and can hide in almost any kind of crevice. Remember that essential plant oil insecticides work as well as commercial grade products and are a lot safer for your family.

About 70 percent of bed bugs hide in your bed and 30 percent in crevices in the walls, floors and any clutter you have around your bed. Heres how you can handle it on your own:

You can employ a reliable commercial pest management firm to do all this, but it may cost a thousand dollars a room or more. If you have any questions, look at the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management bed bug resource.

Published: June 8, 2017 4:00 AM EDT | Updated: June 8, 2017 12:24 PM EDT

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