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Infested: Amelia Street apartment complex continues to deal with bed bugs

About 15 units at Spence Court on Amelia Street have been confirmed to be infested with bed bugs.
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
About 15 units at Spence Court on Amelia Street have been confirmed to be infested with bed bugs.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

James Yanke believes the stress alone caused by a bed bug infestations is enough to be a significant health hazard.

The president of the tenants’ association at Spence Court, where about 15 units have been confirmed to be infested with bed bugs earlier this week, said knowing the problem exists can be debilitating.

“People can’t sleep, they can’t go to their neighbours, they’re stressed because they can’t do things. You can’t walk by someone or go in a common room to sit because you’re afraid you’re going to get bed bugs,” Yanke said on Tuesday after an open meeting with officials from Thunder Bay Housing.

“When you have someone who’s 85 or 90 and they get bit by a bug they think it’s a bed bug right away and all of the sudden they’re afraid to go to sleep and they’re sleeping in their chairs or on cots.”
The outbreak at the Amelia Street building, which comes on the heels of a previous episode in December that turned up bugs in 22 other apartments, is spread throughout the entire 163 unit building.

Ken Ranta, director of housing operations with Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration board, acknowledged the fight against bed bugs has been ongoing.

“Over the past number of months we have been dealing with concerns where bed bugs have been noticed in certain units,” Ranta said.

“We have done a previous top-to-bottom all unit inspection of the building with one of our pest control officers to determine the scope of the project and did an initial treatment before Christmas time.”
A treatment plan will begin on Wednesday after another thorough inspection was conducted earlier this week.

Ranta and other members of the property management team advised residents on how to prevent bed bug infestation, most notably consistent vacuuming of carpets.

Still, he said full extermination is extremely difficult when people are visiting and gathering socially in different places around the building.

“Once they take hold it’s a challenge to try to eradicate them completely,” Ranta said.

“We hope we get it all the first time but the reality is that it’s sometimes a multiple treatment process.”

While Yanke appreciates the efforts made to eradicate the pests, he said there should be a more open dialogue to let residents know measures are being taken.
He said the problem is too challenging to control.

“Housing is doing their best, I agree with them. You can only do so much in a short period of time,” Yanke said.

“Our problem was we didn’t have enough information fast enough when it was happening.”

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donnybrook says:
Sleep tight, and... well, you know the rest.
2/5/2014 2:43:37 PM
ring of fire dude says:
2/5/2014 11:06:22 PM
Who-cares says:
Maggie. I really feel sorry for you and the tenants if this is the type of service you are receiving. A proper inspection consists of a lot more investigation that just lifting up the sheets for a quick peek. I heard today that the last treatment was done 2 months ago. They need to do a treatment at least every 10 to 12 days, the residual insecticide only last for a maximum of 15 days under ideal conditions. Also the contractor should under no circumstance be spraying any furniture with chemical, all furniture should be steamed with a proper steamer that is capable of reaching 120 degrees this kills both the bugs and eggs. Like I mentioned earlier it's not an easy fix, it will take some time. But with the proper treatment methods and follow up inspections it can happen. To selltle for anything less is unacceptable, I'm not going to say to call a certain company, however call a few on your own and inquire about bed bug treatments, inspections and methods used to get rid of them.
2/5/2014 12:16:56 PM
RAM501 says:
I really feel for the residence of this property. This is a serous health and well-being issue. Whoever is responsible for the building needs to make a significant, focused, and complete effort to rectify the problem as quickly as possible.
2/5/2014 10:58:48 AM
mystified says:
Those that blame the city for this infestation better go and have a mental assessment.
Everytime there is something wrong with a city owned structure some of you winners think the mayor and council caused the issue.

Get a life.
2/5/2014 9:26:07 AM
maggie says:
Just reading some of the comments and particular
Who Cares comment. I live in a TBDH building that was recently inspected and I would like to know what a inspection consists of as as all these two men did was lift the sheets on one side of my bed look at the seams and leave.I think I do a better inspection myself weekly and I don't get paid for it
2/5/2014 8:41:45 AM
tsb says:
The City of Thunder Bay is NOT responsible for this building. The Thunder Bay District Social Services Board, a county-level type agency of which the city is simply a funding entity, is not controlled by and does not answer to city council. Mayor Hobbs, in his capacity as mayor, can do no more than we can in this situation: Demand action.

The DSSAB is NOT City Council. This is NOT a city owned building.
2/4/2014 11:23:30 PM
Watchful says:
Bed bugs, mice in some buildings, elevators that do not work at Sister Leila Greco, gee Hobbs is this your way of looking after our seniors and poor

Good job
2/4/2014 11:02:40 PM
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Who-cares says:
Here is an idea... Let's build a new arena, more useless artwork at the transit building, a new art gallery. The list goes on and on and on. Time for city administration and council to wake up and deal with some important issues instead if burning money
2/4/2014 10:50:29 PM
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jimmyboy says:
JUST PLAIN WRONG...mayor HOBBS what are you and management doing about this about this scenario.....you and those members of city council who sit on this board of directors should have to sleep in this building for a week or so in my opinion....not to forget the ROYAL EDWARD ARMS has also been infested with BED BUGS...and SPENCE COURT has also been infested with MICE....this is FLAT OUT WRONG as WRONG can ever be in my opinion....I hope you are proud HOBBS and company...someone should be hauled onto the carpet for this EPIC FAILURE...!!!
2/4/2014 9:34:20 PM
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Synical says:
You'd end up sounding less like an idiot if you did your homework before you bothered your post. Hobbs and council have as much say over this building and it's care as you do.

Did you yell and scream at TBCC the last time it snowed to? I'm sure that must have been Hobbs' fault.
2/5/2014 12:15:06 AM
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mutechirp says:
Why don't you direct your question to Aldo Ruberto or Ian Angus? They are two City Council Members who are on the TBDSSAB board.
2/5/2014 12:16:02 AM
Meta says:
More excuses, lack of caring and general disregard for the tenants. Same old story
2/4/2014 9:10:49 PM
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Who-cares says:
My advise as a former Pest Control Technician. Hire a Reputable pest control company, and not one that just comes in and sprays chemical around the room. (Baseboard jockeys). The best approach is to use a combination of treatments, such as steam, heat, and a residual insecticide, to help eliminate the problem. It is not a small job and cannot be completed overnight. However it is possible to completely eliminate the bed bugs from this or any other facility. Anything less than that is unacceptable.
2/4/2014 7:38:53 PM
whatelseisnew says:
Buildings do not produce bed bugs; the slobs that live in them do. Evict the people that are causing the health problem as the landlord-owner can only do so much. Simple!
2/4/2014 7:24:25 PM
PolarBear says:
Bed bugs are not a result of filth or "slobs". They actually prefer a clean environment, unlike coachroaches. Bed bugs thrive off the blood of a host - most likely human. I had a bed bug problem early last year in Hamilton. I am a young professional who kept a VERY clean apartment and purchased brand new furniture to avoid bugs, yet was still infested. It is very stressful and HARD to rid the problem. Proper education and understanding will only solve the problem. Fortunately I am bed bug free now, but the paranoia still exists. Please DO NOT pick up used furniture from curbs, watch/inspect what you buy from thrift stores/garage sales and ALWAYS inspect your hotel rooms.
2/4/2014 10:29:52 PM
Dina says:
Thunder Bay has had a bed bug problem all over the city for over a year. Tenants in one of my landlords buildings moved out of the Royal Edward & brought bed bugs with them.
Thunder Bay Housing was fully aware of the situation but yet did not to prevent the spread of the bed bugs.
Because of the lack or telling my landlord about the bed bugs, there irresponsible tenants knowingly brought the bugs with them..
3 buildings had to be treated because of this.
My point is why is housing acting surprised. They have known about the outbreak for at least a year. There lack of not warning others is an outrage.
Bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of. Sadly the tenants where I live found that out.
2/4/2014 6:14:50 PM
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moonwolf says:
Shameful!!! But hey, lets buy more art!
2/4/2014 6:04:02 PM
sky high says:
What kind of art should we get this time?
I'm sorry that people have bed bugs, and if I could take them away with a swipe of a wand I would. But New York City is infamous for bed bugs...should we pull the Statue of Liberty down? Does that city not continue to display more and more art everywhere? Even the people who are affected by the bed bugs have enjoyed art all their lives. Instead of not buying art, I'm sure that the people who are affected by the bed bugs would rather that people like you volunteer their time to help clean up the problem. Capiche?
2/5/2014 6:29:15 PM
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