Anonymous on 02/20/2012
This is independant living. In the private sector you would pay for your own treatments. Ken what do you expect at 4am? The exterminator to be called right away? Get real people. You may be poor but you are not defenseless. Hey, how about asking the govt to wipe your asses too?
Ken TK2 on 02/14/2012
My name is Ken Strang. I live at 220-13352 Old Yale Rd. Surrey, BC, V3T5A4. (Ted Kuhn 2, aka The Low Rise) Mail replies accepted. This note is only about the second infestation of my unit.
Dec 18, 2011, 4am. I called the emergency number to report bed bugs crawling into my place under the front door from the main hallway. I got zero help from BC Housing staff, until I got sprayed five days later. I complained many times about the bed bugs coming into my place from the hall. I was told by a f
ellow tenant that the exterm-inators also reported this problem to the landlord.Construction staff have said the same.
This infestation started up during the plumbing sprinkler constructions during the summer. Bed bugs were reported to be in the walls but nothing was done about them then.As far as I can tell the bed bugs were left alone until they started infesting and biting specific units and tenants.
It is Feb 14, 2012. I have been sprayed four times now and even after having been inspected on two occasions and given an all clear, I had to be sprayed a week later. The bed bugs keep infesting the units on the second floor. I've collected about 100 of them since December 18.
There's about 9 units on this floor wing that had to be repeatedly sprayed, and one tenant actually moved out because of bed bugs. BC Housing is not doing anything proactive to prevent the spread of the bugs and is doing only the minimum it can get away with in not helping the tenants with their living conditions and bug spray preparation.
Anonymous on 12/23/2011
These towers are infested. After the renos the bedbugs spread to almost all the units on the floors. Even if you had your pipes, wall sockets, and door blocked they still got in. BC Housing comes in sprays for 10 minutes then leaves. You have to get your unit ready for spraying, wash all your clothes, and stay out for 6 hours. Everything you own has to be in plastic, and you have to constantly vacuum just to try to get some relief.
You can't sleep, due to constant itching, and are paranoid abo
ut even coming home, let alone going to bed. When they spray they say they will help you with costs of washing, cleaning, etc. but they don't. If you are lucky and get put up in the spare suite while they spray, its also infested and the bed is disgusting. People in here are trapped, too poor to move, and you have to live here a year before you can request a transfer. If you request a transfer you have to wait for place to open up, could take 5 years.
Also the neighborhood is unsafe, and if you own a car, don't kid yourself it will get vandalized. Being homeless is better believe me. Get out if you can, better yet don't move in or you will be throwing out what little you do own. And unless they see bedbugs on it you will be charged $40.00 for the privilege of throwing out your things.
Its a nightmare and BC Housing tells you before you move in that the bedbug problem is under control. If walking down the hall and getting bit or standing still by the door or elevator and getting bit is what they call under control, then yes its under control. If you complain then your a troublemaker and will be evicted eventually, which could actually be a blessing.
There are people in here taking antibiotics, or going to the hospital for iv treatment the bites are so numerous and severe.
No one should have to live like this, its inhumane. I have to be Anonymous because yes I live here and need time to arrange some other place to live, and I can't be evicted or I will be homeless again.
ANONYMOUS on 10/30/2011
I DONT LIVE THERE BUT HAVE VISITED ENOUGH IN THE PAST 3 YEARS THAT IVE BEEN BITTEN WHEN MY FRIEND WAS SPRAYED IT DIDNT HELP SO I CAME HOME LOOKED IT UP ON THE NET THE CHEMICALS THEY WERE USING WAS FOR BLACK FLIES AND MOSQITOES NO MENTION ON THE NET OF BED BUGS SO WHAT WE FOUND HELPED WAS WAIT TILL REALLY LATE WHEN THEY COME OUT AND STEAM THE BED COUCH ND RECLYNER IT SEEMS TO CUT THEM BACK CONSIDERABLY
Ray LeBlanc on 10/08/2011
Life at Ted Kuhn bites, residents say
By Kevin Diakiw - Surrey North Delta Leader
Published: September 30, 2011 12:00 PM
Updated: September 30, 2011 12:30 PM
Ray LeBlanc lived on the streets for a year, during which time he says he never saw a bedbug.
He's lived at Ted Kuhn Towers for three years and has become well-aquainted with the blood-sucking parasites.
He's complained relentlessly to the managers of the building at 13352 Old Yale Rd. and BC Housing, which owns the faci
LeBlanc says he had to go to arbitration to have the bedbug problem dealt with, adding he wanted a door sweep installed, along with foam to block the electrical plates and plugs to stop the bugs from crawling through the walls and into his room at night.
They gave him the tools necessary, then let him do the installations.
BC Housing has recently begun tearing up walls and ceilings to install fire sprinkler systems in the low-rise building where he lives, and now the bedbugs are all over his unit again.
He's heading back to his advocate to begin an arbitration again to seek remedies.
Other tenants have called The Leader since the newspaper published a story about the bedbug problem on Sept. 22.
Shortly after the papers were delivered to the tower, someone collected them and threw them in the trash.
Kaye L'Abbe, 80, said she was told managers rounded up copies of the papers and threw them out shortly after they were delivered.
L'Abbe has lived at Ted Kuhn for 23 years and says the state of the building is absolutely disgusting.
"Everybody is loaded with bedbugs right now," L'Abbe said. "I think I've gone through eight cans of Raid. I sprayed my bedroom."
But the only thing that happens with that method is the bedbugs relocate to other areas of the unit, or somewhere else in the building.
"They've made more people throw out their furniture in this apartment than I've ever seen in my whole life," L'Abbe said. "I'm 80 years old. I got bit again this morning. I've slept on the couch again last night, I haven't been in my bed for a-week-and-a half, two weeks."
Billie Mitchell said the infestation got so bad for her, she moved out at the beginning of the month.
Officials with BC Housing say they continue to treat the bedbug problem with professional companies that spray the units.
"Once a problem is discovered, BC Housing develops a detailed, site-specific strategy to try to eliminate bed bug infestations," a housing ministry spokesman said by email. "Fumigation is usually required – tenants with health issues are offered temporary accommodation and minor expenses if required during the fumigation period."
Fraser Health has developed an oversight position and has endorsed BC Housing's plan to control the pests.
Despite B.C. Housing's best efforts, tenants like L'Abbe and LeBlanc continue to wake up with welts from the tiny parasites.
Fraser Health said there's no risk of transmission of disease to the general public.
However, those who are bitten are encouraged not to scratch the bite as it can get infected.
The prevalence of bedbugs globally dropped in the early 1900s, but they've made a resurgence in the last 30 years.
Now, they are found not only in hostels, homeless shelters and transition homes, but some of the better hotels in Vancouver.
LeBlanc says that's soft comfort.
"People that live here are retired or disabled, either way they are suffering and dying too because of stress, that's why I'm moving I dont wanna die here."
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