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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on September 15th, 2022

A Canadian couple who travelled with their toddler to San Diego for a wedding has returned home to Vancouver with quite the Airbnb horror story.

Everything started great, according to Eugene Kaplan, but it turned into an appalling and horrendous experience.

The initial plan was to stay six nights from August 24 to August 30 in San Diego as Kaplans wifes sister was getting married there.

Two days in, the nightmare began.

On August 26, we woke up to find that my wife had about thirty welts all over her arms. I had a cluster of welts on my ankles. Thankfully, our toddler was spared.

Kaplan says they didnt know what to do, but they almost immediately suspected bed bugs or some other type of pest but found no evidence.

We did not see any blood on the sheets, etc.

Things took a horrible turn the next day.

The next afternoon, as I was trying to put our toddler down for a nap, a bedbug fell out of the pillow as I was moving it about.

Kaplan said it fell directly on the mattress.

Bed bugs move slowly and so I was able to capture it in a Ziplock container and took a photo of it.

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All of the reviews of the Airbnb unit in question are positive. After 51 reviews, the suite currently has a 4.86 rating, with a 4.9 for cleanliness. No other review besides Kaplans mentions bed bugs in any capacity. Instead, they all suggest the unit is clean and that the host is respectful.

Even in this case, Kaplans story suggests that the Airbnb host was mainly easy to work with. She even changed the sheets the day after they first reported the welts.

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The host suggested it was just an allergic reaction to detergent in the sheets, but the pictures tell a different story.

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The review Kaplan left for the Airbnb Superhost reflected everything you read in this story, including the welts, the bug falling out of the pillow, etc.

Another thing Kaplan told Daily Hive, which he also mentioned in his review, is that the host was worried theyd lose their Superhost status because of the negative review.

In response to Kaplans review, the host wrote, a thorough inspection of the property was conducted, and no evidence of any type of insects or infestation was found.

Kaplan wasnt happy with the initial response from Airbnb. When he wrote to Daily Hive, he said, I think it is important for your readers to know just how little Airbnb cares about their guests.

Airbnb offered a response to Daily Hive as well as the guest in question following the ordeal.

While issues are rare, our 24/7 Community Support team is committed to providing our full support to guests when trips dont go as planned, said a spokesperson.

Subsequently, Kaplan told Daily Hive he was offered a full refund for the nights the host didnt initially refund him.

Airbnb also gave us a complete response from the host, who stated that they were positive that the bites were not caused on their property.

I wouldve liked the evidence of a live insect in a ziplock bag shown to me, but you made no mention about that find until this review.

The host added that they had the entire guest house fumigated for peace of mind.

Based on all the evidence, the host seemed genuine in stating that they had no idea this was happening and that this was just an unfortunate and traumatic circumstance for Kaplans family with no ill intent.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on September 15th, 2022

A Canadian couple who travelled with their toddler to San Diego for a wedding has returned home to Vancouver with quite the Airbnb horror story.

Everything started great, according to Eugene Kaplan, but it turned into an appalling and horrendous experience.

The initial plan was to stay six nights from August 24 to August 30 in San Diego as Kaplans wifes sister was getting married there.

Two days in, the nightmare began.

On August 26, we woke up to find that my wife had about thirty welts all over her arms. I had a cluster of welts on my ankles. Thankfully, our toddler was spared.

Kaplan says they didnt know what to do, but they almost immediately suspected bed bugs or some other type of pest but found no evidence.

We did not see any blood on the sheets, etc.

Things took a horrible turn the next day.

The next afternoon, as I was trying to put our toddler down for a nap, a bedbug fell out of the pillow as I was moving it about.

Kaplan said it fell directly on the mattress.

Bed bugs move slowly and so I was able to capture it in a Ziplock container and took a photo of it.

Submitted

All of the reviews of the Airbnb unit in question are positive. After 51 reviews, the suite currently has a 4.86 rating, with a 4.9 for cleanliness. No other review besides Kaplans mentions bed bugs in any capacity. Instead, they all suggest the unit is clean and that the host is respectful.

Even in this case, Kaplans story suggests that the Airbnb host was mainly easy to work with. She even changed the sheets the day after they first reported the welts.

Submitted

The host suggested it was just an allergic reaction to detergent in the sheets, but the pictures tell a different story.

Submitted

The review Kaplan left for the Airbnb Superhost reflected everything you read in this story, including the welts, the bug falling out of the pillow, etc.

Another thing Kaplan told Daily Hive, which he also mentioned in his review, is that the host was worried theyd lose their Superhost status because of the negative review.

In response to Kaplans review, the host wrote, a thorough inspection of the property was conducted, and no evidence of any type of insects or infestation was found.

Kaplan wasnt happy with the initial response from Airbnb. When he wrote to Daily Hive, he said, I think it is important for your readers to know just how little Airbnb cares about their guests.

Airbnb offered a response to Daily Hive as well as the guest in question following the ordeal.

While issues are rare, our 24/7 Community Support team is committed to providing our full support to guests when trips dont go as planned, said a spokesperson.

Subsequently, Kaplan told Daily Hive he was offered a full refund for the nights the host didnt initially refund him.

Airbnb also gave us a complete response from the host, who stated that they were positive that the bites were not caused on their property.

I wouldve liked the evidence of a live insect in a ziplock bag shown to me, but you made no mention about that find until this review.

The host added that they had the entire guest house fumigated for peace of mind.

Based on all the evidence, the host seemed genuine in stating that they had no idea this was happening and that this was just an unfortunate and traumatic circumstance for Kaplans family with no ill intent.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on September 15th, 2022

One area bed bugs love to hide in is your closet. As Bed Bugs Insider points out, one of the main ways bed bugs infest your house is by latching onto your clothing during travel, where they will then nest in your closet when you get home. They also like the darkness associated with most closets, so if they don't originate in your closet, odds are they'll find their way there eventually especially if you remove them from your mattress.

If you're a frequent traveler, keep your luggage away from the walls and off your bed, ideally keeping it on a metal luggage rack that the bugs can't access, per Orkin Canada. You can also wrap your clothing in plastic bags to try and keep the bugs out. Despite your best efforts, it's still possible they'll find a home in your closet.

To check your closet for bed bugs, start by removing everything you have stored in there and placing the items in tightly sealed plastic bags. Avoid wearing or using anything until you can guarantee it's bed bug free. Search for living and dead bugs, checking every corner and crease. If you spot even one, odds are there are plenty more hidden somewhere, in which case you should immediately contact an exterminator.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on September 9th, 2022

Where do Bed Bugs Hide During the Day?

Bed bugs are nocturnal and mainly active at night, so what happens when the sun comes up? Bed bugs do not usually crawl for long distances and they don't have wings so they tend to stay near potential blood meal hosts. Evidence of where bed bug infestations may be found in a bed room include: bed frame, mattress and box spring. Bed bugs are only attached to hosts' bodies during blood feeding. In between blood meals, bed bugs can also be found nearby on furniture, behind wallpaper and under the edge of carpet. Their flattened shape makes it easy for the parasites to quickly hide in cracks and crevices, including walls, wood floors, electrical outlets and other narrow spots inside and outside your home or other area.

While bedrooms tend to harbor more bed bugs than other household locations, it should be noted that they can hide anywhere people tend to sleep or rest. Some examples of other hiding spots include: Cushions in movie theaters and airplanes, seats in buses and cabs, chairs in break rooms, storage areas, offices or lounges with upholstered furniture. To minimize the risk of a bed bug infestation, consider taking precautions such as putting your purse on your lap instead of on the ground at an airport, and placing luggage in the bathroom on a hard, uncarpeted service in hotel rooms until you inspect the room for any potential signs of bed bug activity.

Bed bugs gravitate towards people who remain inactive (e.g., sleeping) long enough to provide a blood meal, though you dont need to worry about where bed bugs hide on your body for long term periods. Unlike ticks, bed bugs dont attach themselves to a human host, but can be transported by humans in their belongings such as a coat, luggage or furniture. Once established, bed bugs will instead travel from a hiding spot 5-20 feet away to blood feed. The blood feeding process usually lasts three to 10 minutes. While most people dont know theyre being bitten during blood feeding, bites can result in itchy welts caused by a reaction to bed bug saliva and this can cause discomfort for up to a week or more. Once the blood feeding is complete, bed bugs retreat to their hiding spots to digest the blood. Male and female bed bugs require a blood meal between each of five nymphal stages. Once they reach adulthood, blood fed female bed bugs use the protein from the blood to develop eggs after mating. Under favorable conditions with access to blood meal hosts, the time between feedings usually ranges between five to 15 days and females can lay 10-50 eggs each batch. Bed bug adults are about the size of an apple seed.

After mating, adult female bed bugs hide their eggs in secluded places. Theyll try getting as close to a food source as they can, and look for cracks and crevices, even seams of mattresses, mattress tags, and other hard to reach areas. A sticky substance produced by the female bed bug helps eggs stick to surfaces and each female can potentially produce hundreds of eggs during their lifetimes. Bed bug eggs are tiny and white, about the width of a spaghetti noodle, and are difficult to observe closely without magnification. When temperatures are above 70F, eggs can hatch in 7-10 days and this process takes longer at lower temperatures. Newly hatched nymphs (immature bed bugs) immediately go in search of a blood meal. Knowing where bed bugs hide their eggs can help investigators identify a potential issue and, help stop the issue from becoming an infestation

Dont wait to find out where bed bugs may be hiding in your house. If you suspect that you may have a bed bug issue, consider contacting a Terminix pest control professional to schedule an inspection.

The last thing anyone wants to think about are bed bugs hiding just out of plain sight, but its a reality. They dont discriminate between clean/organized and dirty/messy environments, or public and personal spaces. However, cluttered environments with multiple hiding places can make bed bug control more difficult. Bed bugs can be attracted to many different warm-blooded vertebrate hosts (e.g., rodents, dogs, cats); however, humans are the preferred host. Bed bugs live in a variety of environments associated with humans. These insects are attracted to warmth, moisture from your body, and CO and can detect these host seeking cues from approximately three feet away. Where bed bugs hide is related to blood meal host availability and blood feeding relies heavily on their ability to stay under cover until the opportunity arises. Lets look at the most commonly asked questions about where bed bugs typically hide.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on September 6th, 2022

If you want to make sure the bugs you found are truly the menacing bed bugs or are just interested in pictures of bed bugs, this page will be of great help to you. And after youve identified bed bugs you can look around our site to see how you can get rid of bed bugs.

Without further ado, here are high quality pictures of bed bugs that will familiarize you with this pest and possibly even make you squint a little bit:

Female of the bed bug Cimex lectularius on the fur of one of its hosts, a bat.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on August 29th, 2022

Are you a resident of Arizona or moving to Arizona?

If yes, then you shouldnt miss this post ever.

In this post, youll find out the five little black bugs in Arizona that are both invasive and nuisance in Arizona homes.

Youll learn actionable tips to protect your home from these tiny little black bugs.

Thats not all.

Theres also a list of five common house bugs in Arizona that are a threat to your home and property.

And a lot more!

Lets dive in.

The five most common tiny black bugs in Arizona homes are the carpet beetles, the false chinch bugs, gnats, drain flies, and the most often ignored, the black plant bug, which is a nuisance in Arizona.

Each of these five bugs has its way of invading homes, causing damages, and become a nuisance.

Lets find out what are these tiny black bugs in Arizona.

So, what are carpet beetles?

Carpet beetles are tiny black beetles that enter homes to lay eggs.

And what makes them a damage-causing pest?

Carpet beetles lay eggs in products made of animal matter. It includes leather, woolen carpet, silk fabric and clothes, and stuff made out of feathers.

But the interesting part is that the adult carpet beetles dont cause these damages.

Its the larvae of these beetles that cause the damages.

How? Let us explain.

Carpet beetles enter homes through open windows and doors.

Carpet beetles are common in lush yards and gardens.

They feed on the pollen and flower petals outdoors.

They enter homes during the late spring and early summer months, which are their mating seasons.

And the reason they enter the home is to lay eggs on the products made of animal matter inside your home.

Other reasons that bring adult carpet beetles to your home are dirt, food stains in fabric, unwashed clothing, open pet food, and perspiration stains.

Carpet beetles will lay eggs on expensive carpets, fabrics, and they can even sneak into your closet and wardrobe to lay eggs.

The larvae from the eggs feed on these expensive products. Theyll create holes in the products made of animal matter.

These holes can be numerous, and the larvae severely damage the fabrics. They dont even spare leather shoes that you dont wear often.

The carpet beetles larvae are inch long, brown, and look like a worm covered with bristles of hair.

Carpet beetles can come in different colors, and black is one of them.

There are brown carpet beetles and varied carpet beetles too.

The varied carpet beetles have white spots on their back.

Like bed bugs, the carpet beetle larvae can also hitchhike by latching onto products that they infest. Carpet beetles and their larvae can also infest your car.

In Arizona, where the weather is sunny and the winters are temperate, the risk of carpet beetle infestation is quite reasonable all year round.

Here are the four steps to stop carpet beetles from entering your home.

Step#1 Get Rid Of Adult Carpet Beetles In Your Yard Or Garden

If youve got a garden with many flowers, then chances are there are many carpet beetles.

You first need to treat your yard or garden to eliminate the adult carpet beetles.

You can do it by sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth in your garden.

Alternatively, spraying a mixture of water and eucalyptus essential oil also repels carpet beetles from your garden or yard.

Both the methods are effective and non-toxic to get rid of adult carpet beetles, plus many other bugs from your garden.

You can use a pesticide spray too, but make sure that theyre safe for your plants.

We dont recommend you handle pesticides yourself if you dont have experience with it.

Instead, hire a professional pest controller to do the job.

Now its time to put on the safeguards on your home to prevent their entry into your home.

Step#2 Install Window Shields To Stop Carpet Beetles From Flying Into Your Home

The best way to stop them from entering your home is to put window shields on your windows.

Ensure that you use window shields with smaller mesh, which will also prevent many other tiny bugs from flying in.

Plus, itd be best if you seal the gaps or cracks in the walls.

Many bugs, including carpet beetles, exploit these gaps to invade your home.

Step#3 Remove Dirt And Garbage From Your Home

Clean up those trash bins, dont let dirty clothes pile up for days, and remove food stains from carpet and fabric.

The key to keep carpet beetles and many other bugs away from your home is to keep your home clean.

Most importantly, dont allow discarded food, organic waste, and pet food to lie around for days inside your home.

If you do, it will attract carpet beetles and other destructive pests like roaches and ants.

Step#4 Install Bug-repelling Lights Outdoors

Carpet beetles are attracted to electric lights.

And thats why the adult ones often enter homes during evening hours when the lights are on.

So, itd be best to install light bulbs that dont attract bugs in the outdoor areas like the patio and garden.

What if youve spotted carpet beetles larvae in your home?

Or, what if adult carpet beetles are flying or crawling inside your home?

The following section tells you how to get rid of adult carpet beetles and the carpet beetle larvae.

Do you observe perforation or holes in fabrics, especially on clothes made of animal products?

If yes, then its a sign of the presence of carpet beetle larvae.

There are three essential steps to get rid of carpet beetles larvae from your home

Step#1 Remove The Damaged Clothing Or Fabric And Give Them For Cleaning

If you observe holes in your clothing made of animal products, remove them from where they are.

Clean them, or dry clean them before you put them back in your wardrobe or closet.

Itd be best if you could get rid of the fabric that is irreparably damaged.

Step#2 Vacuum Clean Your Home, Especially The Soft Furnishings

The next step is to vacuum your home, including the places where you keep your clothes and fabric.

Also, vacuum your bed, mattress, sofa, accent chairs, and any other upholstery in your home.

Most importantly, vacuum your carpets or rugs.

Itd be best if you wash them or give them for dry cleaning before you introduce them back to your home.

Steam cleaning is better than vacuum cleaning because the steam cleaners heat kills the carpet beetle larvae.

Wash any dirty clothing lying around for days. And if there are fabrics with food stains, wash them too.

Dirt, food waste, and organic waste attract carpet beetles not only to your home but also to your car.

Step#3 Use Insecticide Spray On The Adult Carpet Beetles

Many safe insecticide sprays can kill adult carpet beetles.

But youd need to spray those insecticide sprays right on the adult carpet beetles.

If you get rid of carpet beetles first in your yard or garden, then the chances of adult carpet beetles sneaking inside your home are pretty low.

Neither the adult carpet beetle nor the larvae bite humans or spread any diseases.

In this and in the following section youll find out tiny flies in Arizona homes that are a complete nuisance. And no were not talking about house flies and mosquitoes.

One of the nuisance flying bug in Arizona is the false chinch bug.

False chinch bugs are pretty common in Phoenix, Tucson, southern Arizona, and homes near Mojave dessert.

False chinch bugs feed on mustard weeds. They swarm in large numbers starting from April.

inch long, brownish-gray, with red patches on their body, false chinch bugs will gather around the window screens in large numbers.

The swarms look menacing, but false chinch bugs dont bite humans, nor do they bring any infestation risks.

But false chinch bugs feed on seedlings, and they can harm your garden.

We dont recommend using any pesticide or anything else to get rid of false chinch bugs.

Its because they die on their own when the temperatures start to increase.

These bugs are a temporary nuisance for a few weeks.

To stop them from entering your home, use weather stripping on your door and put up window shields.

If theyre inside your home, then vacuuming is enough to get rid of them.

Do not squish them because the guts out of false chinch bugs stink, which may attract ants and roaches.

As a precautionary step, get rid of weeds in your garden or yard in January and February.

Itll make your home less attractive to false chinch bugs.

If the swarms of false chinch bugs banging themselves on your window scares you, then wipe your windows with water and dishwashing detergent.

Itll repel the false chinch bugs from your windows.

Over the years, theres a rise of tiny black bugs in Arizona, especially in Lake Havasu City.

These bugs are known as black plant bugs or Slaterocoris Atritibialis.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on August 20th, 2022

Bed bugs get their name from their favorite feeding ground: You, in your own bed. These blood-suckers live in or near beds or other textiles, crawling up to bite you as you sleep, sometimes leaving you with itchy red marks or welts. Under optimal conditions, bed bugs can double their population every 16 days. But what exactly are bed bugs? How do you identify them, where do they live, and what should you do if you suspect your home might be infested? Read on to learn more.

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on human blood, usually at night. They can be found in nearly every corner of the world. The common bed bug is the most widespread species, though there are a few other species that can be found in certain parts of the world. The common bed bug is the one you would most likely find in your home if you live in the United States.

Reports of these pests have been on the rise in recent decades. Bed bugs also tend to spread quickly from place to place, which makes them bad news for just about everybody. Schools, hotels, movie theaters and other structures have been shut down because of bed bug infestations.

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home, it's important to be able to identify them. Bed bugs look different at different stages of their life cycle, but they tend to be from one to three millimeters long. Adult bed bugs are oval shaped and brown or reddish brown in color. They are also very thin and flat, which makes it easy for them to squeeze in tight places. After feeding, however, their bodies get longer and more red in color.

In their nymph stage, bed bugs may be tan, white, yellowish or nearly transparent, and will be much smaller than adults. Bed bugs feed on blood at all stages of their life.

If you wake up in the morning with itchy, red bites on your body, this may be one of the signs that you've been bitten by bed bugs. It's important to note, though, that not all people react to bed bug bites, so you may have bed bugs even if you don't notice you've been bitten. However, there are some telltale signs of bed bug bites that may tip you off to having been bitten.

For many people, though, bed bug bites look like small, raised, red welts, and they often appear in lines or clusters. They are much smaller than mosquito bites, but are often quite itchy.

Are bed bugs dangerous? Bed bug bites are annoying, but luckily, these pests aren't known to carry disease like mosquitoes and other parasites do. However, some people may have severe allergic reactions to bites, or scratching bed bug bites may lead to skin infections, according to the CDC.

Knowing more about bed bug behavior and these creatures' habits can help you learn more about how to prevent them and protect yourself from an infestation. In this section, we'll look at how and when they feed, and their life cycle.

Bed bugs will feed on any warm-blooded mammal. It's easier for them to bite humans, though, as we are not covered in thick fur like pets. Bed bugs tend to feed while we are asleep and are attracted to bodily warmth and the carbon dioxide humans exhale. This attracts them to a reliable source of blood so they can feed.

Bed bugs can feed as often as once a day and need to feed before molting. It only takes them a few minutes to feed before they go back into hiding for the rest of the night.

Nymph and adult bed bugs derive their food source from the blood of animals, including humans. A bed bug's life begins with a five-stage growth cycle to adulthood over about 37 days.

As adults, they can live for about a year, depending on their access to food and the ambient temperature. An adult female bed bug can lay roughly 113 eggs in her lifetime. At this rate, bed bug populations can double every 16 days. With thousands of bed bugs in one location, infestations take hold quickly.

Here's a little more about the life cycle of a bed bug:

Bed bug nymphs are tiny -- only around a millimeter long. They are usually whitish in color, but are ready to feed as soon as they hatch.

In this stage, the bug grows a little and starts to darken in color. While they're still tiny, they are about to shed their skin and grow again.

In this stage, just as in previous stages, the bug has grown a little more, reaching about three millimeters in length.

The bug continues to grow, feed and shed its skin. It has nearly reached maturity.

In this stage, the bug is nearly full grown and must feed and shed its skin once more before adulthood.

In just over a month, the bug has gone from an egg to an adult. It is now ready to mate and create potentially hundreds more bugs in your home.

After the male and female bed bugs mate, the female requires a blood meal to produce eggs. The female bed bug typically produces between 5 and 20 eggs per blood meal. Most of the eggs hatch and mature in 37 days. Because they can store fertilized eggs for some time, female bed bugs can reproduce even when apart from males.

Because they reproduce so quickly, bed bug infestations can spread rapidly, especially in homes with shared walls like apartments or townhomes. They can climb through tiny cracks and will stay hidden until they're ready to feed.

Bed bugs are also notorious hitchhikers. They will cling onto your clothes, shoes or luggage when you travel, and will set up a nest wherever they happen to land. This is why they can be such a problem in hotels, office buildings, schools and other public places.

Bed bugs are attracted to humans due to the carbon dioxide they exhale, along with other chemical cues released while we are sleeping. These pests have one mission - to feed on your blood. Bed bugs do not prefer dirty homes over clean homes. They don't care about where they nest, as long as they have access to a regular supply of blood.

If you live in an apartment or in a housing unit that shares walls with another unit, you may be more at risk for bed bugs. Because bed bugs will crawl to find more human hosts when their nest grows, high density residences and frequently traveled places like hotels and taxis become bed bug transportation stations. Buying used furniture is another way to acquire bed bugs at home.

The best way to reduce your bed bug risk is to carefully check for them when you are changing your bed, returning home with luggage and buying used items. Examine these items outside before bringing them into your home.

Bed bugs like to cluster together near their human host's bed, so they don't have to travel far to their next feeding. It can get crowded quickly there, so bed bugs may hide in extremely tight places nearby, which makes them difficult to get rid of.

If you miss the bugs hiding in nearby furnishings, carpet edges, or even wallpaper, these outliers can reestablish their home in your bed in a matter of weeks. Bed bugs can be a nightmare to treat, especially if you try to do it yourself.

Common places bed bugs hide include electrical sockets, bed frames, mattresses, between couch cushions, in the zippers of pillows and anywhere they aren't often disturbed. They quickly scurry out of that hiding place once every few days to feed, and then they hide away until they're hungry again.

There are a few common signs that you may have bed bugs in your home. Of course, as mentioned above, bites are a big warning that you may be housing an infestation.

You can also look for dark stains on your bedsheets, which may be bed bug feces. You can also be on the lookout for bloodstains on your sheets or clothing. Bed bug eggs, shells, and live bed bugs are less commonly seen, but can also be sure signs that you have a problem.

Because they are so small and difficult to spot, bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of. If you think you have bed bugs in your home, it's important to call a bed bug control professional. When you call Terminix for a free inspection, a pro will first confirm whether you have bed bugs by identifying a sample. Then they'll be able to discover the extent of the infestation, and provide you with customized treatment options to help take care of your bed bug problem. Call Terminix today for a free inspection.

Probably not, but these facts about bed bugs will dispel common myths and might actually give you some comfort while you sleep tonight. At the very least, youll learn that there wont be any bed bugs flying over your pillow. Unfortunately, that doesnt mean they cant crawl.

If youve ever thought you might be able to starve bed bugs to death by not sleeping in an infested room for a while, you are out of luck. In some cases, bed bugs have been known to survive more than a year without a blood meal.

Bed bugs might be just as lazy as their name suggests. While they dont limit themselves to hiding in beds, they do limit the amount of exercise they are willing to commit to for the sake of a meal. Some bed bugs will travel up to 100 feet in search of a host, but on average, most bed bugs wont travel more than 30 feet.

Perhaps part of the reason that bed bugs prefer not to travel has to do with their speed. Bed bugs can only move about 3 to 4 feet per minute. On a flat surface without any obstacles in the way, it would take a bed bug almost an entire day to move just 1 mile.

Among all of these other facts about bed bugs, this one might be especially comforting. Bed bugs dont have any hind wings and their front wings are no more than wing-like pads. As such, they are unable to fly. They also dont jump.

If you are suspicious about a small piece of furniture in your home containing bed bugs, place it in the bathtub until you have a chance to inspect and clean it. Just make sure the bathtub is clean. While bed bugs are hopeless against a perfectly smooth surface, they can sometimes use the dirt on an otherwise slippery side, in order to escape.

The idea of basking in the hot sand all day would not be particularly attractive to a bed bug. In fact, in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, bed bugs cant live for more than three or four hours.

You are likely to be haunted by any insect that sneaks up on you at night, but bed bugs can have a particularly ghost-like appearance. A newly matured, nymph bed bug, or one that hasnt fed for a very long time, will appear translucent. Bed bugs only gain color after they have had a blood meal. After its very first meal, a nymph bed bug will turn bright red.

After taking a break from tormenting the human population, bed bugs have made a major resurgence over that past few years. This has led to a number of lawsuits regarding bed bugs. One of the biggest payouts as a result of a bed bug lawsuit was more than $600,000.

If these facts about bed bugs havent exactly brought on the comfort of counting sheep, consider calling a pest management professional. Call Terminix today and you can schedule a free bed bug inspection. Or, you could just count the bed bugs until they put you to sleep. Sounds soothing, right?

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on August 20th, 2022

After fleeing bombs, bullets and chemical weapons in their war-torn homeland, Syrian refugees are facing a new enemy as they attempt to rebuild their shattered lives in Canada.

Bed bugs are uncommon in Syria, however many of the apartments into which the refugees have been settled are infested with the insects. Shortly after a dozen families moved to an apartment complex in Hamilton, Ontario, the new residents found they were waking up covered in itchy bites, while their children would cry throughout the night.

After the refugees first raised the alarm, pest controllers were hired on multiple occasions, but despite their best efforts the bed bugs kept returning to plague the confused refugees.

They didnt know what these pests were, said Ali Marathi, a solicitor representing the refugees. Obviously, it was traumatic for them.

The high-rise building was notorious in Ontario for its bed bug problem, noted Naraghi.

Once the culprits were identified, a two-year legal battle ensued. With assistance from local advocacy groups, the refugees took Diamond International and Melvin Apartments Incorporated to tribunal. The families broke their leases and sought compensation from the apartment rental agency for damage to clothes, bedding and furniture. The agency responded by countersuing for unpaid rent.

Last month, the parties reached an undisclosed settlement.

Our clients are happy to have reached a settlement with Melvin Apartments on terms that are satisfactory to both parties, confirmed Naraghi.

Human rights activists say their plight highlights just one of the many challenges encountered by refugees in an adopted country where bureaucratic processes and language difficulties hold them back.

It also casts a light on Canadas intractable bedbug problem. Infestations in the country began to rise alarmingly ten years ago, and despite spending millions to control the blood-sucking parasites, the issue has only grown worse as the insects continue to spread.

Refugees in other regions of Canada such as Burnaby, Toronto and Halifax have also complained of bed bugs in their new residences. According to online database The Bed Bug Registry, Toronto suffers the nations largest infestation with over 2,000 reported cases so far this year.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on August 13th, 2022

People commonly use bed bug bombs - commonly known as insecticide foggers- to fend off bed bugs and other pests in their home and other areas. But do they work? Like most DIY treatments, it depends. Factors like environmental conditions, intensity of infestation and method of treatment application can all play a role in determining control success. Read about the three DIY bed bug foggers below for a better understanding of their efficacy. Essential Oils

Volatile essential oils are frequently used as a treatment option due to their less harmful effects on bed bugs and on humans. However, consumers tend to over-apply natural and other insecticide treatments due to a general lack of training on proper application techniques. Hence excess insecticides may wind up in areas like beds and couches where humans and pets may inhale them, potentially causing non-target effects.

In 2013, researchers conducted a study to determine the efficacy of a variety of essential oils to treat bed bugs. While findings indicated that essential oils could kill the bed bugs, researchers identified many other factors that may influence efficacy of control. By containing the bed bugs in a lab, the essential oil could be applied directly onto the bed bugs, allowing the bed bugs to completely absorb the oils. In a home or other natural environment, however, bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices, making direct contact impractical.

Additionally, essential oil products include other substances that may contribute to killing the bed bugs. Since natural products are exempt from the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, they do not have to disclose all ingredients on their packaging. Consumers using essential oils should consider that they may not know exactly which ingredients they are actually using.

Researchers believe that the smell of bed bug nymphs (immature stage) may deter other bed bugs. Bed bugs emit one scent when theyre babies and a different scent when theyre adults. Researchers from Lund University discovered that the smell of nymphs was discouraging to other bed bugs, including both adults and nymphs. This method requires extensive knowledge of bed bug smells and is therefore not a recommended bed bug solution.

Another home-treatment option often suggested involves store-bought bed bug foggers. Ohio State University researchers found that foggers were unable to infiltrate bed bug hiding spots. The ingredients in the foggers caused the bed bugs to divide and migrate to other areas. This can make treatment more difficult. Additionally, foggers often contain DDT, a chemical compound that bed bugs have built resistance to. Its also dangerous to use multiple foggers in the same location, as the products may explode if too many are used in one area. Since there is no proof of the effectiveness of bed bug foggers, they shouldnt be sought after as a reliable treatment.

So, do bed bug bombs work? DIY solutions may not be effective for areas with high infestation levels. The more bugs that are present, the longer it will take to see success with these solutions. To help get rid of bed bugs quicker, appropriate methods must be used to target the infestation and environment. This requires prior knowledge and experience of handling bed bugs and treatments.

Since DIY solutions cannot guarantee success, call Terminix to help get rid of bed bugs. Our customized treatment plans can aid in tackling infestations around your home so you dont have to worry about experimenting with your own solutions.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on August 10th, 2022

The Safe at Home Society has released 10 Calls to Action in response to the serious homelessness crisis in Whitehorse.

By Whitehorse Star on August 10, 2022

The Safe at Home Society has released 10 Calls to Action in response to the serious homelessness crisis in Whitehorse.

The group hosted a community barbecue at lunchtime Tuesday at Rotary Peace Park to unveil the 10 calls, which include outlawing no-cause evictions.

They detail various actions that can be taken by the community and all levels of government to address what the soceity calls the desperate need to keep Yukoners housed and out of homelessness.

Solving the homelessness crisis and ensuring that all Yukoners can stay housed once they have access to safe and appropriate housing requires a whole community approach, said Kate Mechan, the societys executive director.

Co-ordination across all levels of government is necessary to address this issue; this is highlighted by the fact that we dont explicitly mention the names of any particular government department or agency that is responsible for fulfilling the recommendations.

The Whitehorse By-Name List is a real-time tool the society uses to prioritize and match people to housing.

The tools data say there were 206 local households and 64 children actively experiencing homelessness as of July.

This steady increase in numbers of people actively experiencing homelessness is concerning, Mechan added.

With winter around the corner, there is no excuse but to act with urgency and compassion, and these 10 actions are a start to reduce pressures on our homelessness support system.

Here are societys 10 calls to action, as explained in its own words:

1. Prohibit no-cause evictions under the Yukons Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

The Yukon is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada that allows no-cause evictions landlords can evict tenants without cause even in the winter.

With no-cause evictions, even tenants who have signed year-long leases can be told they need to vacate with only a couple months notice.

In the context of the current housing crisis, a couple of months are not enough time for people to find another permanent residence.

In addition, no-cause evictions provide a loophole around the residential rent index.

Landlords can evict existing tenants, then raise the rent above the rental cap in advance of incoming tenants.

The act needs immediate revision to prohibit the ability for landlords to issue no-cause evictions. That would ensure tenants are protected and have more stability in their housing.

2. Expand rent supplement programs to include individuals and families receiving income support and housing benefits.

As an example, the Canada-Yukon Housing Benefit administered by Yukon Housing Corp. (YHC) is a rent subsidy available to Yukoners on a fixed income or earning low to moderate incomes.

This benefit is currently unavailable to those receiving income support.

Recognizing that income support rates are far below whats required to access housing in the current market, expanding the eligibility for the housing benefit or introducing a comparable rent supplement program would help those who need it the most.

This call aligns with the recommendation from the recent Auditor General of Canadas report on the YHC, which advised the corporation to review its eligibility for the Housing Benefit.

Allowing those receiving income support to access the Housing Benefit is already done in other Canadian jurisdictions such as Ontario, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

3. Create a matching program for post-secondary students and seniors who have extra space in their homes.

Yukon residents and students coming to Whitehorse to attend Yukon University have a challenging time finding affordable accommodation during and after their terms.

Students are at high risk for homelessness, particularly during the summer or immediately post-education. At the same time, there are many seniors in our community who have extra space in their homes.

Through a careful matching process, the safe pairing of students and seniors can create a mutually beneficial living situation.

There is a national model in place through Canada HomeShare. This kind of program has been shown to work well in such cities as Vancouver, Toronto and Kingston, Ont.

4. More frequent reports from the YHC outlining data related to unit vacancies and inflows and outflows from the corporations units.

Although the YHC is required to publish an annual report, it provides minimal detail about current tenancies and about what progress has been made toward its goals.

For example, the report fails to provide information regarding how many people have been housed in the past year; how many people have been evicted and for what cause; how many units are empty on a yearly basis; and the turnover rate per building.

Social and community housing providers in other jurisdictions, including those operated by Crown corporations like the YHC, provide this level of detail in their reporting.

More frequent and detailed reporting would increase transparency and accountability, and would enable the YHC to make data-driven decisions and help identify where to target supports and resources.

5. Mandate the creation of a landlord registry to improve transparency across the rental market.

Landlord registries are becoming increasingly common in other parts of Canada to provide the public with important information as they search for rentals.

A registry can include information such as the amount of rent landlords charge and have previously charged for their units, the number of units they have, and any complaints filed against them.

Having a publicly available registry of landlords in Whitehorse would help bring more transparency to the local rental market and could either be operated through the Residential Tenancies Office or through a newly-formed tenants association.

There could be an option for landlords to complete a course about their responsibilities and tenants rights that earns them a credential on the registry. A registry could also be used to determine eligibility for incentives targeted at landlords who maintain deeply affordable housing.

6. Regulate short-term and vacation rentals across the city.

Short-term or vacation rentals (STRs), such as Airbnbs, continue to grow in popularity in Whitehorse.

There is concern that some of these STRs are commercial developments that are effectively removing potential long-term rental units from the market.

The most recent analysis found that as of April 2019, there were 186 STRs in the city. Of them, approximately 44 were units that could have provided long-term rentals.

This is significant when compared to Whitehorses vacancy rate, which, as of October 2021, was 2.3 per cent, or 52 vacant units out of a total housing stock of 2,248 units.

Converting all STRs that could have been potentially converted into long-term rentals as of October 2019 would bring the vacancy rate in October 2021 from 2.3 per cent to 4.3 per cent an 87 per cent increase.

The City of Whitehorse has previously looked into the need for regulations to STRs, but this issue should be revisited in light of the current housing crisis.

7. Increase transparency related to the housing shortages for out-of-territory employee recruitment strategies.

As the Yukons population continues to grow at a rapid pace, employers bear a responsibility to inform potential out-of-territory hires about the housing crisis and lack of housing options.

Having newly-recruited employees show up in the Yukon only to discover how challenging it is to secure housing strains local resources and supports.

By being transparent from the get-go, employers can help ensure new recruits make an informed decision about relocating and start exploring housing options early.

8. Increase the financial resources and supports that people need to deal with bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs are endemic to Yukon. Infestations result in discomfort and reduced quality of life, and lead to discrimination and often times eviction.

As these pests are transitory and mobile, they can be hard to get rid of. Professional treatment is often required to eradicate infestations.

For seniors and those living with mobility challenges and other barriers, it can be difficult to prepare for bed bug treatment.

If their unit is not prepared and treated properly, they risk eviction.

Additional community supports are required to assist those who need help preparing their units and providing education about bed bug prevention.

9. Establish and resource a Yukon Tenants Association.

Tenants in many Canadian jurisdictions have joined forces to form tenants associations.

These associations provide a space for tenants to share ideas and experiences about their rental housing for the purpose of advocacy, and action.

They offer a counter-balance to landlord associations and can be a site for workshops, programming, and peer support.

There is strength in numbers. The formation of a local tenants association would provide an avenue for tenants to advocate to ensure their right to housing is being upheld.

Rental arrears, also known as unpaid rent or damage fees incurred in a past tenancy, are a serious barrier for individuals and families on income support or a fixed income to access social housing.

There is no expiration for arrears, and federal and territorial income support sources will rarely help cover these costs. This means that arrears from many years ago can prevent someone from accessing housing today.

Those experiencing homelessness are forced to seek out funding from non-profit organizations or find alternate sources of income to pay arrears prior to being housed.

The learning experience related to debt, damages, and poor budgeting need not be a barrier to housing.

In recognition that housing is a human right, the inability to pay off arrears should not prevent people from accessing housing.

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