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Toronto Reference Library has bed bugs

Posted by Robyn Urback / July 16, 2010

Toronto Reference LibraryFinally, a decent excuse to put off studying.

The Toronto Star has reported that the Reference Library has bed bugs. The pesky little parasites have been spotted in four parts of the building. Feeling itchy yet?

The Reference Library has wall-to-wall carpeting and padded chairs--ideal for bed bugs. One room has already been reupholstered and a pest control company has been hired to try to control the problem. Cleaners have also been coming in regularly when the building is closed.

Beg bugs have also been reported at the Yorkville and Parliament branches.

Those E-books are starting to sound better and better...

Photo by kaeko of Flickr.

Discussion

23 Comments

jamesmallon / July 16, 2010 at 01:01 pm
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Maybe if we had a functioning social-welfare state, instead of dumping the hardworking, indigent and abandoned mental health patients together into the same buildings they wouldn't have to spend their days in the libraries. I don't use them anymore. People have my sympathies, but the branches downtown smell.
W. K. Lis / July 16, 2010 at 01:14 pm
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Bedbugs has nothing to do with social-welfare. Bedbugs hitch rides on clothes, then jump to soft furniture and other clothes. Wherever people come together (IE. waiting rooms) the bedbugs will hitch a ride.
Your Sharona / July 16, 2010 at 01:25 pm
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I have crabs, yet people still want to use me.
o_O / July 16, 2010 at 01:33 pm
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Holy sensationalism, Batman!
Jordan / July 16, 2010 at 01:37 pm
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Bedbugs can be anywhere public - they are bugs, like mosquitoes - they have no in-cling towards mental health patients, or anyone else for that matter. And you know what, if they are in the library - they are likely in movie theatres, restaurants, and offices.
John / July 16, 2010 at 02:18 pm
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Exactly. They're everywhere. But that's not be scare-mongering--you're unlikely to pick them up and carry them home with you. You'd have to have one attach itself to you, and then you'd have to carry it home without it falling off. You'd also have to pick up a male and a female, or eggs, to develop an infestation.

It can happen, but you're much more likely to get them from infested hotel rooms, or neighbours, than from a library or movie theatre.
Brain / July 16, 2010 at 02:48 pm
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Actually, you very well could pick them up and take them home with you. While it's not very likely they'd attach themselves onto a person, they do love bags. I'd avoid putting down a purse, a backpack, gym bag in any public place.

W. K. Lis / July 16, 2010 at 03:15 pm
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Now with the reusable bags, the bedbugs will have more opportunities to hitch a ride. Reminder to wash out those bags. The bedbugs won't survive 20 minutes in +40°C heat of a dryer.
S / July 16, 2010 at 05:28 pm
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Where will the students learn when they go to university in the fall? They can't go there anymore. The building should be condemned. Better still, torn down to make room for a new condo! The city will make money on each condo on property taxes than a bug infested building. The tax money could be used to make more bicycle lanes throughout the city - at no expense to the bike riders, including on the DVP!
jamesmallon / July 16, 2010 at 05:40 pm
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Everyone can get bedbugs, but the poor get them more, less because of their hygiene than their housing conditions, including sharing multi-unit buildings with people unable to care for themselves: something those in Rosedale are less afflicted by, no? Also, if you haven't noticed a lot of homeless in libraries, you haven't been in a downtown library for a couple decades, I guess. As a teacher, I've seen rich, poor and middle-class kids get lice. Guess whose family has the means to solve the problem sooner?
Derek / July 17, 2010 at 06:43 am
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I read the Toronto Star article and it never concluded "Toronto Reference Library has bed bugs" as this post claims.

The article quoted several individuals who claim they believe the library has bed bugs, but also one individual who claims those are not bed bugs. The article is careful not make any conclusion. In fact, it says "When public health came, they didn’t find any evidence."
Lori / July 17, 2010 at 01:53 pm
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S, tearing down the reference library to make another condo is the stupidest idea I've ever heard. They should tear up all the carpet including the carpet they just put down. Tile it all and use area rugs instead. Maybe get new furniture too.
bob / July 18, 2010 at 05:46 pm
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Welfare has nothing to do with bedbugs. In fact, they like cleaner clothes and skin.
tanya / July 21, 2010 at 11:40 am
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actually, they like books...
BugsInTO replying to a comment from John / August 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm
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Female bedbugs, once inseminated, can lay eggs for weeks without a male, and fertile females are more likely to hitch-hike than males. Sad to say, but in the case of bedbugs, it only take one.

OnceBitten / September 18, 2010 at 12:16 am
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I agree with 'Brian' completely!

You can get bed bugs anywhere these days. Bed bugs are not confined to any one socio-economic caste. Dealing with bed bugs requires getting a professional pest control company to come in and deal with it properly. There are good companies out there. http://www.torontoexterminator.ca for example that can do the whole thing including preparation for those that can't or won't and the laundry too.
jenny / February 9, 2011 at 10:06 am
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is there bed bugs infestation @ North York Central Library as well? I am hesitant to go to libraries after i read this article.
Richard / April 20, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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I have been living in Toronto for around 15 years now. I like to use the services of a good library and have witnessed several cycles of budget-cut related guttings of the Toronto Reference Library and, more recently, the reconfiguration of its main floor area into glorified Internet cafe. The Reference Library used to be a nice place to go to read the papers and look up reference books. In recent years it has been transformed into hang out for the lower echelons of society. Stroll through there today and you see young people chatting noisily (where previously they would have been ushered out for creating a disturbance) people lounging around, people eating fast food, sleeping, etc., etc.... and the smell of some of them is real bad. Are the bed bugs really a surprise? This is what happens when such places are allowed to turn into a cesspool.
Erin replying to a comment from John / September 7, 2012 at 05:47 pm
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Actually, a single female bedbug can lay 1-7 eggs per day for 10 days. So if you happen to pick up a single bedbug and bring it home, pray it isn't a female in the middle of her weeklong laying session.
Erin replying to a comment from BugsInTO / September 7, 2012 at 05:50 pm
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Also, those bastards practice incest. Meaning, a male bedbug can't tell if the female he is mating with is actually his sister. Yet another reason why bedbugs can multiply to catastrophic numbers so fast.
Bill / November 28, 2012 at 02:09 pm
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I wonder if the problem has been dealt with. We had bed bugs once and we it took a while to get rid of them. We had to call two different exterminators to do the job. This looks like a much harder and bigger problem to deal with.
Scott / January 23, 2013 at 02:34 pm
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There are other C02 products on the market as well which are effective. Products like Beapco's Detection Traps use carbon dioxide and heat to lure and trap bed bugs by mimicking your sleeping body http://beapco.ca/products/quick_response_kit/
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