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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on May 8th, 2022

With trepidation, outreach workers knock on a door uncertain of what will happen next.

There could be rats, bedbugs, lack of heating, lack of water, or flooded rooms. There might be nakedness. Likely there will be no privacy, because people who live precariously, one small step away from homelessness, are not afforded courtesies when it comes to rental spaces.

Sometimes the only thing in the room is a dirty mattress. But this space might not even be a room. It might be a section of floor behind a furnace in the basement. It might be a haphazard loft space inside a garage. It might be a shed. It might be a dumpster.

And always, when outreach workers knock on a door, there is the possibility of finding someone dead.

The situation of the homeless and the precariously housed, today in 2022, is absolutely Dickensian and asking for more is out of the question. People are expected to be happy that they have anything at all.

Nothing but despair can grow in this unjust system.

Situation is not new

From the beginning of formal psychiatric care in Canada, some 200 years ago when lunatic asylums and asylum for idiots and imbeciles were first opened, this has been the snapshot of Canadas most vulnerable.

In the 1800s, people were held in poorhouses or jails described as deplorable under the same conditions we see today; housing without sanitation, without heating.

The original intent back in the 1800s appears to have been to improve the inhumane conditions and treatment of those suffering with unknown afflictions.

But the changes elicited had a short lifespan and, before long, the overcrowding, the range of extreme behaviours and lack of any deep systemic understanding of the complex presenting ailments resulted in a shift from kind refuge to custodial care.

By the turn of the century, it was common for those suffering with mental health issues to be restrained, shackled or in straight jackets, which continued to be used in Canada into the 1980s. Patients were still living in deplorable conditions.

During the recruitment of soldiers during the Second World War, medical applications revealed the role of stress in affecting a persons state of mental health. The sizeable scope of this documented level of stress was a fairly new unearthing.

After the war, when soldiers returned home with acute psychiatric disorders, there started to be clearer recognition and categorization of mental health issues. The first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health (DSM) was penned in 1952.

In the 1970s, with the advent of new psychiatric medication on the horizon, doctors believed that patients could be released from hospitals and treated within the community with medication. It was the era of deinstitutionalization, a clarion call granting independence to those who didnt require perpetual lockdown.

This movement away from institutions was supposed to create space and opportunities for people to have access to housing and other basic human rights. Yet despite this well-intentioned appeal for autonomy, this shift in thought, people with mental health issues and limited life skills (after years of institutionalization) still continued to live in deplorable conditions, in rooming houses that were neither adequate nor safe but, in fact, dangerous.

Remarkable insight

Pat Capponi was one of those patients released from a psychiatric hospital to a boarding house. She would go on to become the author of seven books, an advocate for mental health issues, champion of those living in poverty and outspoken critic of government policies.

With her sharp wit, Capponi pricked the balloons of so-called positive change. Her first book, Upstairs in the Crazy House, shone a light revealing that people were still living in the same shockingly disgraceful conditions noted more than 150 years previous.

However, Capponi wrote that even with the squalor of boarding houses, infested with mice and lice, the idea of leaving and heading out into public was worse. After numerous, lengthy psychiatric stays, she no longer was a part of that world. It was a world that did not understand her. She would spend the rest of her life convincing the medical community that medication alone was not an acceptable treatment.

Capponi was a force, psychologically huge, vocal and spot on with her indictment of flawed government policies and medical practices. She asked where was the money saved from closing hospitals money that should rightly be directed to the patients now living in boarding houses and on the streets. She asked what is wrong with a society that sends five members of her family to institutional living while the abuser, her father, got to stay home.

She spoke to the unfairness of non-profits who profited and presumed to speak for Capponi and her peers in what Capponi called a closed, self-congratulatory system. Instead, what Capponi demanded on behalf of all those living on the street and in boarding houses was the absolute baseline entitlement to a home, a job and a friend.

Outreach workers arrive

In 1980, the term concurrent disorder was coined describing the co-occurring diagnoses of addiction and mental health issues.

In the 1990s, there was a shift in Waterloo Region with the creation of outreach workers. Instead of asking clients to be proactive and make their way to an office where they would have an appointment with a person who might help them, outreach workers walked the streets, searched people out, and visited community kitchens where people were congregating.

Sitting with people for stretches with no time limit, making phone calls and advocating on their behalf, and accompanying people to appointments went a long way for relationship development and trust.

In short time, outreach workers saw that most of the people living on the street and boarding houses did indeed struggle with both addiction and mental health issues. A nurse in the community who worked specifically with Acquired Brain Injury helped outreach staff understand that probably 80 per cent of this population also suffered from trauma to the brain.

Added to all this trauma is the frequent early deaths of mates and street family. In fact, one bout of homelessness is equated with losing 20 years off your life. People on the street typically dont live past their 50s.

Government response in the early 2000s was to conduct surveys that questioned everything about a persons life on the street. The work of the surveys was sent up through the tiers, reaching someone who had no direct contact or relationship with the person on the street. As can be expected, the important items were lost in translation. It might as well have been a game of telephone.

Places of worship step up

Around the same time, in the mode of charity, many places of worship in Waterloo Region generously opened their doors, clothing, feeding, sheltering and giving financial support for those without a home. Seven churches in the region began The Out of the Cold Program in 1999, one for each night of the week, offering in most cases a dinner, a place to sleep and a breakfast.

Places of worship stepped up and did the work of the government, waiting for the government to understand the need for structural change; waiting for the government to proceed with a justice model, waiting for the government to understand that a variety of housing options are needed.

Relying on a charity model for a long stretch of time puts too much pressure on the givers who eventually have nothing left to give. The needs are too overwhelming, the issues too complex. The charity model plays an important role, but it is temporary. It is not sustainable without the justice of giving people the housing, food, clean water, sanitation and safety they have a right to.

Eventually, the Region of Waterloo invited outreach workers to the table, validating the work that had been done and showing a willingness to hear the unedited, unscripted thoughts from the people living on the street, who know best what is needed for street-involved people.

This perhaps marked the first time that the dominant culture wasnt in control of speaking for people with addiction and mental health issues.

Today, there are health care workers, medical staff and outreach staff working in downtown areas of Waterloo Region who deliver trauma-informed care with a wide scope that recognizes the complexity of patients who score high on the adverse childhood affects scale, patients who have spent time in prison, who carry the scars of being brutalized.

Today, care is being delivered by staff who understand substance use and proceed in caring for people without shame and stigma, with a model of harm reduction.

And yet it is easy for social service organizations to lose their vision. The work becomes exhausting, not because of the street folks, but because of an unjust, miserly government system that fails to give its citizens their basic human rights. A system that watches people with a punishing Orwellian eye, looking over their shoulder as people attempt to share space creatively, or make extra money to complement the meagre amounts earned on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability amounts that fall far below any reasonable standard of living.

Will to live

And yet ... and yet the remarkable piece of being invited into this community, the golden egg in the face of perpetual calamity, is that mostly people want to live.

Against all odds, people continue to live and not only live, but bring joy, hilarity into their community, revelling in the absurd. They are like pirates, rough-talking rogues who live by their own set of codes, who make you walk the plank if you cant entertain the truth of how Canada treats its most vulnerable.

As a culture we still believe that being born is Canada is a fortunate thing. However, even though opportunities may be offered to all of us, the conditions are not the same for all, making the opportunities inaccessible, making food inaccessible, not because there isnt enough but because it is not affordable.

The social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that a person experiences, including where you were born, whether your mother had the opportunity of good prenatal care, whether you had access to nutritious food, health care, education, jobs.

The World Health Organization says this unequal distribution of experiences is a result of a toxic combination of poor social policies, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics.

For outreach workers, the process includes constant learning, listening and bending because the needs are forever fluid. Therefore, thought goes into knocking on a persons door, hoping for the best but preparing for the unpredictable, the unfathomable.

It includes reading unspoken needs, such as someone walking in shoes without laces, indicative of just being released from jail. It includes understanding the obstacles in entering a doctors office, beginning with remove your shoes outside the office. It includes consideration for all the many needs being attended to behind a locked public washroom door, perhaps the only time that person is truly safe.

None of this can be taught to a government that is not on the ground. And the landscape and needs of the street world are ever changing.

It must be witnessed with full engagement, without expectations.

Bearing witness

Perhaps bearing witness is the most important thing we can do as a beginning point. The person may be silent about their trauma, but the witness should be a vocal, informed observer.

The responsibility for change certainly doesnt lie at the feet of those who are living below all standard measures of what are considered basic human needs. Surely, we can ensure that we see what is in our own communities; that we are witnessing the dismal truth of what it means for the most vulnerable of our population to live in Canada in the 21st century.

In bearing witness, we can say: I see you, I hear you, you are not invisible.

Because sadly many in our community continue to live in circumstances first documented in the 19th century: deplorable conditions with poor sanitation, inadequate food and heating.

People have been waiting for change, for housing, for centuries.

Decent housing for all.

Leslie Morgenson is a longtime advocate for people experiencing homelessness, addiction and mental health issues in Waterloo Region.

Patiently waiting for something to happen. Im waiting for nothing, nothing is coming. I sit and I wait, I pace and I wait, but nothing, still nothing, nothing will happen.

A message found scrawled on the wall of a vacant boarding house room. Author unknown.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on May 3rd, 2022

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US furniture brand Steelcase launched an updated version of Please chair. The product incorporates contemporary style with a breathable mesh in the back to provide exceptional comfort. The chair was developed after a study conducted by observing individuals who have long working hours. The chair mimics the movement of the spine and reduces tension and stress on the back. Such a pragmatic approach to designing everyday furniture is helping Steelcase retain its market share.

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The increasing demand for premium & luxury furniture accompanied by sustainable features will drive the demand for the metal furniture market. Metal furniture is made from salvaged wood pallets, wood, bamboos, and seagrass, making it eco-friendly and recyclable. The aesthetic appeal, durable and comfortable features of metal furniture are likely to contribute significantly to the growth of the global metal furniture market. The ductile & malleable properties facilitate the creation of metal furniture in various shapes, sizes & colors to fit the contemporary style of the growing urbanized population. The lifestyle changes with busy everyday schedules have created the need for low-maintenance yet sophisticated products. Metal furniture is easy to clean, can tolerate chemicals, has high resistance towards termites & bed bugs, and it is durable, which increases its lifespan. Metal furnitures are low maintenance and is an excellent long-term investment. They are customizable and multi-functional with an aesthetic appeal that fits consumers' space. It can withstand extreme weather conditions as well. The integration of technology with metal furniture to make them versatile with changing virtual digital prints, remotely controlled operations & enhanced functions has increased their popularity. Low maintenance, contemporary style, durability, comfort, and smart features of metal furniture fit the busy lifestyles of the urbanized population, contributing significantly to the growth of the global metal furniture market.

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In 2021, the commercial segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 67% and market revenue of 97.15 billion.The application segment is divided into commercial & residential. In 2021, the commercial segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 67% and market revenue of 97.15 billion. The table segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 4.8% over the forecast period.The type segment is divided into table, chair, bed, sofa & others. Over the forecast period, the table segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 4.8%. In 2021, the specialty stores segment accounted for the largest share of the market, with 34% and a market revenue of 49.30 billion.

The distribution channel segment is divided into supermarkets/hypermarkets, online stores, convenience stores, specialty stores, & others. In 2021, the specialty stores segment accounted for the largest share of the market, with 34% and a market revenue of 49.30 billion. Specialty stores carry a narrow range of goods with extensive lines and varieties of those goods. They organize the best and top brands of a product. Specialty stores are designed for a customized customer experience. Customers have the luxury to choose the best of the best from specialty stores and meet their functional requirements along the way.

Regional Segment Analysis of the Metal Furniture Market

North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico) Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe) Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC) South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America) The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

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IKEA Godrej Furniture Zinus Cymax Group Inc. Hillsdale Furniture Simpli Home Chyuan Chern Furniture Co. Ltd. Meco Corporation DHP Furniture Steelcase Inc.

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Commercial Residential

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Table Chair Bed Sofa Others

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Supermarkets/Hypermarkets Convenience Stores Specialty Stores Online Others

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 26th, 2022

One of Canadaslargest pest control providers has released a new list that no city should be happy to top.

Orkin Canada has released its list of the 25 most afflicted bed bug cities in Canada.

For those not in the know, bed bugs are dedicated blood-feeding insects that can travel up to 100-feet in search of a meal, according to the company. In the case of the most common bed bug, the blood they feed on is human blood, and dinner time is between midnight and 5 am.

To be clear, Orkin Canadas data is derived exclusively from the number of commercial and residential properties that have received bed bug treatment directly from Orkin between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

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Thebed bug registry allows people to search for houses, hotels, and apartments that may or may not have had a reported case of bed bugs. It has information available for most major Canadian cities, including Toronto and Metro Vancouver.

This year, Orkin reports that travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a shift to remote working have resulted in fewer bugs hitchhiking their way into homes. As a result, bed bug sightings have not yet rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Dont celebrate yet, though, all it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space, the company says.

Compared to last years rankings, the City of Toronto claimed the number one spot for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to third place (from fourth), St. Johns rose to fourth (from sixth), and Winnipeg dropped substantially to ninth place (from fifth).

As Canadians return to travel Orkin suggests these helpful tips for eager vacationers:

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians, shares Orkin.

So sleep tight! And dont let the bed bugs well, you know Yikes.

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

A city in northern Ontario has topped a list that no one wants to be on for the second year in a row, Orkin Canada's top 10 bed bug cities.

Sudbury has once again taken the No. 2 spot behind Toronto for the most commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by a Canadian pest control company in 2021. It is the only city from the northern region to make the list.

It is the third year in a row that Toronto has taken the top spot.

"The rankings show that the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels," Orkin Canada said in a news release.

"Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around."

However, there is a risk of bed bugs spreading as the economy opens back up again.

"Beware of the return of borrowed office chairs," Orkin said. "Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it should not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on the Canadian market."

There are some tips to prevent bed bugs:

The top 10 Canadian cities with the most bed bug calls are:

Some of the changes from the previous year include, Vancouver rising the list by one to No. 3, St. John's rose by two to No. 4 and Winnipeg going from No. 5 to No. 9. New on the list this year are two maritime cities, Moncton and Saint John, N.B.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on April 19th, 2022

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Analysis: Since the start of the century, the animal rights movement has gained increasing support and momentum in the marketplace, in courtrooms and in legislatures.

Humanitys dominion over the animal kingdom and its slaughter of species great and small may be coming to an end as some of those creatures win legal recognition and pursue claims of legal rights.

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Vancouver lawyer Victoria Shroff, who 22 years ago became one of the first specialists in animal law, thinks a sea-change is underway with the growing acceptance that some animals have a sense of consciousness.

Not every animal law scholar agrees that personhood (the legal rights of individuals) is the way forward, she said.

They think it creates a kind of exceptionalism or speciesism where animals that are more recognizable and valued will be at the top of the chain and the ones less valued, like rats and chickens, will still be human fodder. Elephants and dolphins, ones that have language, where do you draw the line? I think we nudge open the courtroom doors to let whoever we can pass first and the rest will follow.

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As slaves and women were once considered property but eventually given equality, so should sentient creatures, is the argument. It does not matter that they cannot articulate or communicate instruction to counsel, because neither can comatose individuals without family, or babies who have been abandoned.

Since the start of the century, the animal rights movement has gained increasing support and momentum in the marketplace, in courtrooms and in legislatures.

In May, the New York Court of Appeals will hear arguments on behalf of Happy the zoo elephant.

This landmark case has been called the most important animal-rights case of the 21st century and challenges the idea of elephants as things, with an aim to free Happy to a sanctuary.

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This is the vital case, absolutely vital, Shroff said.

Numerous briefs have been filed opposing the elephant that, as one put it, boil down to fear: Should Happy be provided with habeas corpus rights, farms, zoos, and aquaria would be at risk to a plethora of similar lawsuits purportedly made on behalf of the animals residing in their facilities. Pet owners would no longer be able to be certain that they will be able to keep caring for the dogs, cats or fish they possess.

A collapse of the social order was predicted, although perhaps a bit prematurely.

In the U.K., for example, the government last year grabbed the bull by the horns, so to speak, proposing the far-reaching Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill that recognizes certain creatures as sentient.

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An Animal Sentience Committee will examine the effect of official policies and mandates on such animals and provide a report with recommendations for government action.

The high court in Ecuador ruled individual wild animals had legal rights and were not property in a suit brought by the former owner on behalf of his late woolly monkey.

Captured and turned into a family pet, Estrellita was seized by the authorities after 18 years and moved to a zoo where she died within about a month.

In March, the United Nations Environment Assembly called on the global organization to ensure its programs embody the principles of interconnectivity that humans and animals live not in isolation but together as part of a wider biosphere.

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In Canada, there have been court cases and broad legislation proposed.The Jane Goodall Act, Bill S-241, was reintroduced in March by Sen. Marty Klyne, who picked up where retired Sen. Murray Sinclair left off in 2020.

It embraces Indigenous perspectives and the view that animal laws and policies should be based on co-existence and a holistic approach.

Whereas the phrase All My Relations expresses an Indigenous understanding that all life forms of Creation are interconnected and interdependent; Whereas science, empathy and justice require everyone to respect the biological and ecological characteristics and needs of animals.

The bill would amend the Criminal Code and the Wild Animal Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act, banning future captivity of bears, apes, lions and other animals.

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More than 800 species would be protected.

Creatures with a sense of consciousness would no longer be treated as property under the legislation, and the domestic trade of ivory and animal trophies would be banned.

One or more provincial animal advocates would be appointed by the governor-in-council and have the authority to apply for court orders and give the animals an independent voice in court.

It makes my heart soar, said Shroff, author of Canadian Animal Law and a professor at UBC Allard School of Law and Capilano University.

We would see an end to keeping animals as hapless entertainers, exhibits for human amusement. By helping to end the commercial trade in wild animals and understanding the global trafficking of animals in context, Canada would be doing its part to help curb animal cruelty, stop future global pandemics from taking root. This all-encompassing legislation, if passed, would restrict the ownership of hundreds of wild animals from elephants to reptiles, and bring a halt to horrendous roadside zoos.

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Jason Gratl, former president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and a veteran lawyer, isnt so sure criminal code amendments and such sweeping legislation is the answer. Better enforcement of existing laws may be enough.

In my view, the use of penal powers is unnecessary and excessive to achieve the objective of attitudinal change, he explained.Just as discriminatory attitudes are changed by human rights tribunals without the threat of penal sanction animal cruelty and other excesses are better addressed through meaningful regulatory structures. No-one welcomes bedbugs into their mattress or weeps when weeding the garden. Only a monster would rescue a cat from a burning building before rescuing an infant. Most questions of balance between human and animal interests are so obvious that they are not up for discussion.

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For more subtle balancing questions like finding the balance between corporate profits and animal crowding, he added, There are no easy answers.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on April 17th, 2022

Used furniture is highly sought after in Toronto. After all,living in Toronto is expensive.In fact, it's well documented that it's one of the most expensive places on the planet anyone could possibly live.

As a result, saving money is always top of mind, and so there's now a website calledGarage Online Sale to help people buy and sell used furniture.

While nearly everyone has a horror story about someone they know who carried home a curbside couch that was invested with bedbugs, this new startup is looking to make owning used furniture as safe and exciting as buying new.

The company was created as a means ofencouraging Canadians to reuse and resell their furniture locally, making more sustainable choices when furnishing their home.

TheToronto-based, female-owned business first launched in 2021 and is trying to establishitself as a go-to spot for buying furniture.

To do that, it needs more inventory. Currently, there's only 22 items for sale on the site and they're a mixed bunch. There's a Peloton bike package for $1,200, a white desk for $150 and a set of dining chairs for $600.

None of the items scream "deal" and both the prices and selection are somewhat underwhelming when compared to local optionslike Guff, orHabitat ReStores.

Nevertheless, The Garage Online Sale team has been trying their best. Theyofferhelpful tips for furnishing homes and plan to expand their list of services.

"This summer, we're launching location-based shopping where users can browse by location and find furniture sales in their neighbourhood," founder Aleksandra Phelan told blogTO.

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

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"All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space."

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Creepy crawlers like Toronto the best.

The city has been named the bed bug capitol of Canada for 2021 the third year in a row its topped the ranking, according to Orkin Canada.

Orkin compiles the list based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments the company carried out.

Taking second place last year was Sudbury, followed by Vancouver, St. Johns, Oshawa, Scarborough, Moncton, Saint John, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around, Orkin said in a release. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space.

Orkin noted the insects can travel up to 30 metres (100 feet) in search of a meal which for them is blood, mainly from humans and usually consumed between midnight and 5 a.m.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians, the company added.

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As temperature increases, it is common to notice insect activity increase also. Because insects depend on environmental temperature to modulate their activities, warmer temperatures often prompt the development and multiplication of insect pests. Recently, several cases of home infestation by bed bugs have been reported to the Hopkins County Extension Office. According to the center for disease control (CDC), bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincolns head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.

Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Although the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a problem in developing countries, it has recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found.

Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. Bed bugs have been shown to be able to travel over 100 feet in a night but tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep.

A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area. These signs include:

Bedbug bites via Cleveland Clinic

It is hard to tell if youve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random or appear in a straight line. Other symptoms of bed bug bites include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that arise from profuse scratching of the bites.

Because bed bug bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react adversely to the bites. These allergic symptoms can include enlarged bite marks, painful swellings at the bite site, and, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.

Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. The bed bugs travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else where they can hide. Most people do not realize they are transporting stow-away bed bugs as they travel from location to location, infecting areas as they travel.

Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area. However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.

Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area and apply antiseptic creams or lotions and take an antihistamine. Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect that you have an infestation, contact your landlord or professional pest control company that is experienced with treating bed bugs. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation. For more information on this or any other agricultural topic please contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443 or email m-villarino@tamu.edu.

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North Bay has made the list of the top 25 bed buggiest cities in Canada.

Orkin Canada released last years annual list of the top bed buggiest cities in Canada Monday and North Bay squeaked in to the 24thspot.

North Bay wasnt the only Northern Ontario city to make the list. Sudbury clinched second.

Toronto topped the list for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to No. 3 (up one), St Johns climbed to No. 4 (from No. 6), and Winnipeg dropped to No. 9 (from No. 5 in 2021).

Orkin said the findings, based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021, show the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.

This list comes as District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is once again dealing with a bed bug issue at the Edgewater Apartment building on Lakeshore Drive.

Board chair Mark King confirmed there is a bed bug problem in the building and senior staff are dealing with it.

He said affected apartments will undergo heat treatments.

Its unclear how many apartments are infested and how many units will undergo heat treatments.

Weve identified and addressed the problem, and are trying everything possible to solve it. Its tough to handle, King said.

There is a business that sells used furniture and used clothing nearby and these are prime examples how bed bugs can be carried.

Residents at the Edgewater have been grappling with the bed bug situation for years. In 2020, there were more than five apartments at the Edgewater with bed bug infestations. The problem resurfaced in May 2021.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space, according to Orkin.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians. With blood as their only food source, bed bugs mainly feed on humans, having their dinners usually between midnight and 5 a.m.

These dedicated blood-feeding insects can travel up to 100 feet in search of a meal, which is quite a trek for these small but resilient creatures. As Canadians start to travel, whether to the office or on vacation, so too will bed bugs.

Concerned Canadians are encouraged to carefully examine furniture and clothing after guests leave your home, drying potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting, and sealing cracks in walls, trims, and bed frames.

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Four multifamily properties in South Parkdale have just gone up for sale for a whopping $18,750,000.

So what would you be getting for almost $19 million?

Well, according to the Colliers Canada listing, it "presents investors with an opportunity to acquire four separate properties, totaling 64 suites, on a 0.555 acre site."

The four properties are 2, 4, 6, and 8 Laxton Avenue.

2 Laxton Ave. Toronto.

2 Laxton Ave. is a mid-rise apartment building with 52-units that was built in the early 1970s.Its claim to fame is a long history of bed bugs and roach infestations.

8 Laxton Ave. Toronto

Meanwhile, the other buildings are old Victorian homes that have been chopped up into apartments and are currently rented out.

What condition these places are in is a mystery since there are no photos of the interiorsbut from the little bits of information that have been left on the internet don't get your hopes up.

4 Laxton Ave. Toronto.

For example, just last month there was a majorfire at 4 Laxton Ave. and it's unclear how much damage there was.

But, whoever buys this is likely going to be a developer or investor who's interested in the prime location(Queen St. W and Jameson Ave.) and the half an acre of land these buildings take up,so it probably doesn't mattertoo much if the properties are salvageable.

6 Laxton Ave. Toronto

Even the listing notes: "this is a unique opportunity to reposition an apartment building in downtown Toronto."

Let's just hope whatever they do they at leastgetrid of the bed bugs and cockroaches...

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Entire block in gentrifying Toronto neighbourhood for sale ...


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