Toronto councillor Paula Fletcher wants Toronto Public Health to officially categorize bedbugs as a “health hazard,” as opposed to their current status, “nuisance,”—that’s not a joke; “nuisance” is apparently the official term—after our dear city has seen a recent upsurge in the pests. And for all you folks living in highrises, don’t get too smug, because it seems “there is no community that hasn’t been affected.” Fletcher is also urging officials to implement a bedbug furniture pick-up system similar to the one used in Cincinnati, where city employees collect infested furniture if it’s covered in plastic. And it looks like Fletcher’s getting somewhere because an “expert panel discussion” is being held tonight at the WoodGreen Community Centre.
We wholeheartedly agree with Fletcher. A case of the bedbugs might not seem that serious, but it’s only funny until it happens to you! Do you have any idea how hard it is to get rid of begbugs? They’re invincible! Steam the whole room, wash your sheets, nothing kills them! And the bites, oh those bites—they itch like nothing else. Or, you know, so we’ve heard!
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