12 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Battle of the Bedbugs – Advice for Landlords and Tenants of Toronto Rentals

Bedbugs are a problem no one wants to own up to! Up to the 1950s these apple-pip-sized beasties were common all over the world, lurking in dark corners and coming out at night to feed on sleeping humans.

In the second half of the 20th century, bedbugs declined thanks to widespread use of pesticides. Experts say that between 1950 and 1990 there were no reports of bedbugs in Canada. Between 1990 and 2000 there were a few cases, but in the last 10 years the bedbug population in Canada, and worldwide, has exploded, providing a serious challenge to landlords in Toronto and other parts of the country.

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No one knows exactly why this is happening but it may be connected to changes in pest management and pesticide resistance as well as increased international travel. Bedbugs are great hitch hikers and are easily transported through luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.

Unfortunately Toronto is one of the worst places for bedbugs in Ontario and the city’s public health department has been besieged with request for help.

Early treatment is crucial. If an infestation is not tackled immediately, it can spread not only through a single home or unit, but throughout an entire building.

Any landlords worried about infestations in their Toronto rental properties can contact Toronto Health connection (416-338-7600) for advice. Calls may be forwarded to a Public Health Inspector for follow up.

To deal with a bedbug outbreak effectively, landlords and tenants must work together. If a tenant finds bedbugs or any other pests they should tell their Toronto landlord or property manager at once.

The landlord can enter an apartment in the daytime to check for pests but must give 24 hours notice to the tenant.

Landlords have a duty to keep their Toronto rental apartments pest free but tenants must also cooperate in preparing the apartment for any treatment. This can involve quite a lot of work which sometimes cause difficulties and can delay the pest control process.

Toronto Health has a handy fact sheet giving details of the rights and responsibilities of Toronto landlords and tenants in dealing with bedbug problems.

http://www.toronto.ca/health/bedbugs/pdf/rightsandresponsibilities.pdf

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