Very bad bed bug infestation, had my apartment sprayed a couple times a year ago. Threw out brand new bed and all brand new furniture, most clothes and cleaned everything else. They were gone for awhile, and returned about 6months later. They have only appeared in one room ever. Vacuuming and cleaning once a week in this room in a complete sweep to get rid of them, every crook and cranny, their nests and every trace by pulling all furniture out (and cleaning every bit of it completely) and yet t
hey still come back very quickly. This is because they get in through the walls from the apartment next door. Obviously tenants come and go and really don't give a damn about any of this.
When the landlord did throw the bedbug powder all over the place, I soon after saw bedbugs crawling all over it, still alive. Pretty sure nothing will get rid of them, hoping to move ASAP. Right now my only option is to keep up with the weekly clean sweep to keep them at bay.
I used to live at this building a couple years ago; the day we moved in someone moving out said "we'll see how long you can take it" and I had no idea what he meant until I had lived there for a year.
When we had bedbugs and asked Wilma about it she was very helpful at first but as I started to realize the problem was widespread I went to talk to her again. She asked us not to mention anything in front of someone who was in the lobby. I can only guess it was a prospective tenant.
le, we were throwing out many of our belongings to try and make it easier for the exterminator when he came in. We still had them coming out of the walls after two sprayings. They should be required by law to disclose an infestation but in BC they are not. That infestation probably cost us over $1K in cleaning, replacing, and laundering.
I posted on the bedbug registry for this building, and was the first one (I think; unless others removed their posts). However, after doing so, William YELLED at us and we were bullied into taking it down. We found a new place the next day and moved out after the 3rd spraying. I'm posting this here now as a cautionary tale and because we don't need them as landlord references anymore. I am sad to see so many people are still dealing with this problem. I was really anxious and paranoid for over a year after leaving that building.
Just to let everyone know, the Landloard isn't authorized in any way to spray or apply diatomaceous earth in anyone's suite as he doesn't posess a pest control applicatior certificate.
Although many people seem to think Diatomaceous earth is natural and safe, it should definately NOT be applied in quantitythroughout an aparement, it's for control along baseboards and thresholds only.
Applying on carpets etc can result in the dust being stirred up and inhaled, which can result in lung conditi
ons similar to Asbestosis/Mesothelioma.
If you are a resident and develop any sort of lung condition while living in this building, I'd contact a lawyer for legal advice as you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against the property manager/landlord for your medical bills + damages to your health through improper use of Diatomaceous earth!
This building is going to make me become "religious". Why? Simple. Now I have to pray, pray, pray that the bed bugs are "gone" for good after just one spraying. Management has decided one spraying is good enough because just one was found in my bathroom and no other signs of infestations exist in my unit. If there are anymore, I hope they've moved along.
justin b on 09/11/2010
We used to live in this building. Lots of bedbugs!! The exterminators went almost every month and we had to clean wash our clothes and vacuum every day. After five months the bedbug problem in our appartment seemed to go away, however with so many people around not cleaning their appartments, it was an impossible battle and they came back.
Anonymous on 05/11/2010
Building definitely has a bed bug problem. Was limited to certain areas but of course, has spread. Resident landlord has been very secretive about it for over a year now, but I've finally just last week been notified they will be inspecting my suite. People beside me and below me have them, so I'm sure I will get them as I have yet to be sprayed, despite surrounding suites being sprayed months ago.
Don't move in!!
star on 05/05/2010
To say that the landlords are not to blame is pretty irresponsible. YOU are the ones renting out the suites to people; therefore, YOU should be properly screening tenants. The tenants that you describe who move into friends apartments and come and go are obviously of the ESL sort. DO NOT RENT TO THEM!!!
They are only here for a good time--nothing else.
Have you not learned your lesson yet?
WilmaandWilliam Greenwood on 04/29/2010
From : The Desk Of The Manager :
Landlord has resonded immediately to any bed beg problem .................. if ........ and we say if ...the tenants reports the bedbug problem to us
We would like to state that the landlords are not the problem with BED BUGS .It is with the tenants who brings them into the building with them .
The tenants brings them in and gives them to their friends in other suites then they blame the landlord for not looking after the problem
Dear Tenants , how a
bout informing the managers about the problem. It is always good to see the manager or drop us a note. But , to state that we do nothing and you go from suite to suite with your friends then blame the landlord for the problem ...........not very good!!!!!
It is not always the students ....that brings the bedbugs into the building .....
As stated , we have a wonderful pest control person who has looked after the building for years and we have always looked at any bedbug problems .with great concern along with fast and quick action on the landlord part ..However that been said , Please report any problems to your landlord. Do not hide the fact that you have them they do not go away on their own.
We never had the bed bugs our selfs and we clean the suites after the tenants move -out because the first thing we do is have it sprayed.
Yes , it cost money to have your belonging replaced. We had bed bugs in a strata apartment building and we had to purchase new bed and bedroon furniture along with clothing and front room furniture......
Like we have said , before , it was cock roaches in the 1980 and 1990 in the west end of vancouver and Abbotsford and as far as Squamish ... and the best of the Hotels and apartment building had them ..
Remeber to contact your manager or caretaker as soon as possible so treatment can begin and this is the only way ..... we are here to help you
to say goodbye to the bedbugs
I lived in this apartment building in 2004. We had bedbugs there for 6 months. The landlords were good enough to send in Allied Pest control twice, but the fumigator, after fumigating twice said that fumigation was useless because the infestation problem was too much, and that they were getting into our apartment from someone else's. He said that everyone would have to be cleared out of the building and the place fumigated 3 or 4 times over the month -not very practical for a landlord trying to
make money to put everyone in the building up for a month! So, the landlord, thank you for you efforts, but I think the problem may be bigger than just fumigating an apartment at a time.
We had to throw out our bed, as well as as a couple of other pieces of furniture because there was no way of getting rid of them. Moved out when our lease was up. It's too bad, the apartment was nice, the price right, location great and the management pretty good. Unfortunately, this problem seems to come with the territory -the West End has always been notorious for bed bugs!
I am on the 16th floor and have these. I know 3 other friends in the building and they also have these bugs on the 7th floor, 12th floor and 22nd floor. Does anybody know the full procedure for getting rid of these? Exactly how much furniture etc. do you have to move to spray? Now I have to put out another $400 for another matress when the one I have is practically brand new. The building should deduct it off my rent.
lived there on 03/22/2010
Its got nothing to do with the exchange students. They are the ones who complained about the problems the most.
Besides the bed bugs, there are many sloppy tenants and smoking pot and partying all nite. I had put up with endless nites along with the bed bugs.
There was always garbage and spilled pop in the elevator. Most of the time it was never cleaned up right away.
"bugged" by the situation on 01/30/2010
I am not surprised this building has bed bugs. Have you seen the occupants?
I am not trying to come across as racist here--it's just a fact that 80% of the building are exchange students who travel frequently and are not overly concerned about cleanliness as they are just here for a good time.
If you want to clean up the problem in the building, start with proper selection of tenants.
A good way to gage a building is to have a walk behind it or by the dumpsters; if you see a pile of mattre
Apt 1507. Found bed bugs after neighbor warned of his situation. Also found on edges of mattress. Had to throw away much furniture. Manager very serious about dealing with treatment.
Anonymous on 07/28/2009
There have been a few reports here, however the building manager is on top of it & it seems to be in control. The building managemnet is playing a preventative role here.
Anonymous on 07/22/2009
Suite 804- Discovered Bed Bugs, Landlord is goign to treat in 10 DAYS!!!! Moving out as soon as treatment is compleated.
fred on 07/21/2009
Apt 904. Found bed bugs on the mattress after 3 days of moving in! Had few bites on skin. Notified manager ASAP, and she dealt with it by setting up a bedbug treatment.
JC on 07/15/2009
Apt 1506. Found bed bugs on edges of mattress after two weeks of moving in! Had many bites/welts on skin. Notified manager ASAP, and she dealt with it by setting up a bedbug treatment.
Buggin' on 04/02/2009
15th floor of building has them. I am certain other floors currently have or have had them as I saw a mattress in a locked garbage enclosure with the telltale vinyl and "bed bugs" label several months ago & have heard another tenant talking to the landlord about them. The tenant wasn't one of my neighbours. I started getting bites weeks prior to seeing bugs.
Have been suspicious of the building but never saw it on the registry and don't know why.
Our suite used to be hardwood and pr
ior to taking posession carpet was laid which wasn't my preference as it makes it harder to get rid of the bugs. (and the carpet chosen makes it virtually impossible to see them) I suspect that only a few suites or possily a floor at a time are being sprayed, and that the bugs just migrate up, over or down.
This is our first spraying so I am hopeful it will work but the building should still be listed because I am here, and so are the bugs.