Quite a lot of variation in service from Good Shepherd. Some people get treated within two weeks, which is still WAY too long, but better than some who get wait times that are unbelievable. They did assist with packing into plastic bags, and took two large bags to launder for me..they would have done all the packing and all the laundry if I needed it and replaced everything out of bags after treatment. The turnaround time for the second treatment was two weeks, what it is supposed to be. I have
no physical disabilities, and am in my 60's but disabled and elderly tenants could not do what I did.
However, there is a big discrepancy in service.
Some people have had several "inspections" but no one has come to follow up for treatment. One tenant has had no luck in getting them to come back for treatment of his place. Meanwhile, the bugs have migrated up one floor to the apartment above and infiltrated someone else's bed and bedroom. We immediately treated this with a steamer because it would have been very bad by the time anyone came. when GS did come, they said there were no other bugs seen on the bed and did nothing. Since then more have appeared, which we have again steamed and sprayed [using a mask] ourselves. They did no spraying of the actual room or anywhere else. I have just been recovering from all the trauma of the treatment of bedbugs here, and now they could come back.
we did not visit my son and his wife over Christmas because I was still fearful of tracking something out on a suitcase or my clothes. His wife is pregnant, and they have a beautiful home. We have agreed that I will not visit at their home over night, that I will stay in a bug free hotel somewhere in London, keep a change of clothing at their place, and only visit that way.
Pretty sad way to welcome a new grandchild into the world...
I read something in the Hamilton Spectator today from city housing that this building is getting better. My sister is a home care nurse who goes into that building because there are a lot of seniors and persons with disabilitys that can't get out. She has twice brought them out in her hand bag and their office building has been infected because of it. She is very concerned for her patients who live there but she hears and sees that the problem is not really getting better but worse. The people w
ho live there have very few options about moving because of rent subsidy. This is not really a warning about not renting but more a warning for people going in that will take them out on their clothes when they leave. City housing is very very sad. Too little too late.
I worked n maintenance at 350 King and also saw how the GoodvShepherd was doing pest control. Building is getting worse and I have been told it is 70 percent infested and the pest control is taking too long to correct it. We see social workers here daily, home care nurses as well as hundreds of people just coming and going. The bugs are leaving this building n human carriers and spreading. The people who live here have no alternatives because of money and a lot are disabled. I am not an expert b
ut I am still in contact with a lot of people who live or work there and the situation runs from sad to outright scary. My advice is do not move in here or any building within 20 blocks as the bugs are moving. Schools, busses and emergency services. I am sad for my friends who can't afford to leave.
Given that there are bed bugs at 350 King St E. and they remain on this registry, it is alarming to see that First Place (350 King St E) has allowed their building to be open to the public this weekend May 7 & 8 2011 for the Door Open Hamilton tours! How irrisponsible is that?!!
Dexter on 03/03/2011
My mother has lived in this building for around seven years and had to have her unit fumigated twice for the bed bugs. She was being bitten. She had to have her cat put in the kennel while they sprayed the psesticide in the apartment at her own expense. She had to take everything she owned, all linens and clothing up to the laundry room at her own expense and wash and bag everything. There are bedbugs still in this building. The building is now run by Hamilton Housing. They are letting a v
ariety of people in now, not just seniors. They are finding that when people throw out infested furniture and matresses, other tenants bring them back in as they need furniture. It is a terrible cycle. I have seen bedbugs on the floor of the third floor dining room. I feel that this building is very poorly run and maintained.
Regarding the building at 350 King St. E. - First Place.
I made an attempt to notify the Public Health Dept. about this. I was told that if I was not a resident in that building, there is nothing I can do. REALLY! That building is threatening the whole community. Do you think that the seniors are going to cause a problem where they live? They need support from the rest of us so that this is dealt with. There is a grocery store on Main St. E., not far from that address. I will no longer
go there, knowing that their customers are from First Place. First the roaches, then lice, now bed bugs. What century are we in?
Why is the Department of Health afraid to do their job?
I was speaking with an acquaintance yesterday, who lives at First Place 350 King St.E. She said that she has been fumigated 6 times for bedbugs in the past year. Their library was virtually cleaned out to remove the pests, but when she picked up a book, it was crawling with them. At dinner, she brushed a bed bug from another resident's shirt. She is under the impression that "everybody in the city has bed bugs". Is this what they're being told by management?
She also mentioned that EMS wor
kers are called there daily. This means that St. Joseph's Hospital and the General are recipients of the bug infested seniors in their ERs. Many of these people will be placed in nursing homes directly from First Place. Do the nursing homes know that the patient likely has bed bugs on them or in their belongings?
The holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. are coming. Think about bringing one of these residents into your home with their 'hitchhikers'.
Cab companies and handicapped buses should also be concerned. This one large building could spread bed bugs throughout the city.
This is a senior's apartment building run by the City of Hamilton. It has deteriorated badly in the 9 years since my grandmother moved in. In July, she broke out in a terrible rash. The doctor suspected lukemia. How terrifying. Well, it turned out to be bedbug bites. Clean as she is, her apartment is infested. She got home one day and a letter had been left that her apartment had been entered, inspected and bedbug activity had been found, with instructions to clean out everything, put in
in a high heat dryer for 30 minutes and then into sealed plastic bags while they fumigate. She is 90 years old. The whole point of living in a senior's building is to get assistance with these things, and they have done nothing but send a pest control service. When she was in the laundry room 'heating' her clothes she saw other tenants doing the same and then putting them into the same plastic bags they had taken them out of. What a horrible way to spend the autumn of your life. Wake up, City of Hamilton....quit fighting over the stadium location and take care of your seniors!
The problem with this building is the city uses the cheapest pest control they can find. I was on cleaning staff here for about five years and before the city took over the problem with bedbugs and roaches was manageable. However when the city housing took over everything in the building took a dive. I feel sorry for tenants as most are elderly and on a subsidy and have nowhere to go.sad case of public housing in our province..
Anonymous on 12/02/2008
This is primarily a seniors/low income apartment building with offices and retail outlets on the main floor. The office I work in is on the main floor and a number of our clients live in the building. This building (primarily the residential area) has been infested with bed bugs for years. It is currently owned and managed by the City of Hamilton. Although they treat regularly, the bed-bug infestation has never been properly addressed (for example no assistance is provided to the senior/disa