When you think of a bed bug problem, you automatically think of bugs in beds such as in hotels. Well now, fire stations, community centers and even employment offices are among dozens of city buildings that have battled bed bugs in recent years.
According to documents obtained by CTV Toronto news, there are hundreds of records of bed bug issues in various city facilities.
“There is a big problem at various city building locations with bed bugs,” stated an internal memo from a city custodial supervisor meeting in 2011. “Requests are received daily regarding bed bugs infestation."
Entire buildings have been exterminated including police stations, fire halls and the courtrooms at Old City Hall. Other buildings have been treated several times a pest-control company even urged the city to throw out furniture, in one case.
Bed bugs are to be expected where people are spending a lot of time, such as employment and driver license offices. But they also were found at Toronto Police Service’s 31 Division and pest control recommended that they throw out the lobby furniture. Another 10 police stations also had to be sprayed. In some cases, the bugs were "brought in by a prisoner.”
The city is attacking the problem “very aggressively,” Mike McCoy, Toronto’s director of Facilities Operations told CTV Toronto. “Our greatest sensitivity is that people might take them out of our workplace, if they're there, and take them home, so we treat very aggressively when we get reports.”
The government of Ontario has invested $5 million to support bed bug education and awareness programs and also launched Bedbugsinfo.ca, a website that tells people how to identify and eliminate bed bugs. If left untreated, a bed bug issue can cost thousands of dollars. A reliable and trusted licensed pest control company can help treat and prevent bed bugs infestations.
How to prepare for bed bug removal in your own home (preparation steps): http://youtu.be/BzNFZlbLRNE
You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.