One day in the summer of 2009, I was shocked to find a piece of paper slid under my door from "Payle$$ Pest & Sanitation Ltd." informing me that my apartment was going to be inspected for bedbugs. It turns out, the entire building (a multi-unit walk-up apartment) was being checked out for the pesky critters. This was my first experience with bedbugs in over 10 years of apartment living in Edmonton. The majority of the apartment building was sprayed, including my apartment - the traps in my pl
ace did not have any bedbugs, however an apartment sharing a common wall with mine did have a problem and the spraying required there could chase them into my apartment. Talk about a major, major inconvenience! Dry, wash, dry all clothes and linens, move all furniture to the center of each room for treatment, hepa-filter vacuuming daily, and that horrible chemical stench for weeks after the treatment. Anyone who has been through this, I empathize with your pain; anyone who has not been through this, avoid this experience at all costs! That summer there were several visits to the building (and my apartment was inspected and sprayed more than once). I should have moved out asap after the first treatment, but I liked the location and the suite, despise moving, and (very naively) hoped that there would be no further bedbug issues.
I was informed by one of the pest technicians that even with spraying, the bed bugs can hide in the walls for months and come out later. As well, he informed me that there was a major increase in bed bug infestations in Edmonton - "They're here [in Edmonton] to stay," he said.
After that Summer in 2009, there were more sprayings and inspections in the building - however, the traps at my place had always come up clean and I had always received a clean inspection rating. After one treatment of the apartment adjoining my own in the spring of 2010, there finally turned up a couple of bedbugs in the traps in my place (I used them throughout the year to monitor). As the technician had cautioned me the previous year, spraying in the infested suite had finally chased the bedbugs into my suite, despite the preventative precaution of treating my clean apartment. My place was treated again and I had had enough - I moved out soon after.
I was never informed of this building's bedbug issue before moving in. I had erroneously thought the building managers/owners had to admit such things to prospective tenants and I never specifically asked (having never experienced living somewhere with bedbugs before) - again, oh how naive I was. However, the thing that irritated me the most with the entire episode was that with my first experience in the summer of 2009, I called the building manager (who, of course, does not live in the building) and asked if this (bedbug issues) had ever happened in the building before, he said "No." I later asked a fellow tenant if there had ever been bedbug issues in this building in the past and the tenant told me there had been multiple treatments in the past (in multiple areas of the building), well before I had moved in there. I was not pleased.
Make no mistake, bedbugs have hunkered down in this apartment building.
On a sidenote, I thought "Payle$$ Pest & Sanitation Ltd." was a decent company despite the results (and despite their company name). I think they were fighting an uphill battle in that building. From my experiences with their technicians, they were informative, helpful, and understanding.