Potential Renter on 12/16/2015
Have there been any recent reports for this building? I'm about to move in - 12th floor
Oh-no, not again on 02/27/2013
Ok, if MAGICAL PEST CONTROL says this building is the worst in Toronto I think this is a WAKE UP CALL.
Furniture has been seen recently , full sets of living room plus bedroom, in the trash.
NOT A GOOD SIGN.
Let's everybody KEEP OUR EYES OPEN and REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY not only to the Super, but the Board of Health - this should have been done last time -
I NEVER WOULD HAVE MOVED IN HERE KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW.
IT HAD BEDBUGS ON MY FLOOR WHEN I MOVED IN AND THAT
MAKES ME SICK.
Let's wait and see.........BUT I HAVE A FEELING ......AND IT'S NOT A GOOD ONE.
Anybody see/find anything?
here we go again..............
Anonymous on 02/26/2013
I've been here for over a year now and i havent seen any bed bugs.
Roni on 02/22/2013
Haven't seen any recent reports from here. Any updates?
Anonymous on 01/26/2013
All buildings in the area should be considered to have a 'bed bug problem'. They seem to be under control, at this address, at the moment.
However, I still would not recommend this building as there is a continuing problem with the hot water heater. You can plan to have to take very cold showers fairly regularly (despite the hefty rent you will be paying). Also note that there is a good chance that you will get trapped in one of the elevators during your time here.
In summary, the build
ing needs some upgrades that, given that they have not been addressed in the 3 years I've been her, the management company appears to be unwilling to pay for.
Magical Pest Control on 04/03/2012
If a building could have AIDS this building has it. The bed bugs problem here has been going on since 2009. I used to work for the pest control unit until recently and just wanted to let everybody here know the infestation at 145 St George Street is the worst I've seen in my 6 years of service. My other colleague who has been doing the job with Magical Pest Control says its the worst he's seen in Toronto. This building basically needs to be burned down at this point - it's so old and dusty a
nd has so many gaps and crevasses that seriously nothing can kill them all and thats why they keep coming back. Dont listen to those moron supers you have - get the heck out of there before you become bed bug food and have to throw all of your shit out. Your friends will treat you like you have aids - trust me.
145 St. George St and Briar Lane Apartments have a problem here.
www.briarlane.ca email or call them and let them know you are horrified. 416-925-4750
Anonymous on 03/09/2012
This week several units were treated for bed bugs on the south side of the building. Lets hope this is the last time!
Anonymous on 01/16/2012
To the poster below, I was in the same situation as you not too long ago. Rest assured, do not worry. I have been here for about 6 months now and I have spoken to other tenants as well, in passing (in the laundry room, elevator etc). Everyone I spoke to is not having any problems. To their knowledge it was a few apartments that had issues and it was dealt with.
I do not know details of how treatments are being carried out, or were being carried out but I do know that the super is very nice a
nd very responsive to concerns.
To my knowledge, the majority of tenants are not having problems. So do not worry.
That being said, I do recommend you take some precautionary measures. Like some other posters have pointed out, sealing the cracks in your apartment is a good idea.
Don't stress, it'll be fine!
Anonymous on 01/15/2012
Guys, I'm about to move into this apartment building. And reading the past posts horrified me!!!!
Can anyone tell me the situation right now?
SHARING THE INFORMATION!!!
Anonymous on 12/18/2011
i simply said rather than complaining about what is not being done by management we should be doing it ourselves. So take the problem into your own hands...that is all i meant to say.
Please do not make judgements about me. I agree its annoying its not being dealt with properly, i am on your side not against you.
Make of it what you will.
Anonymous on 12/17/2011
you must also do the following:
Blast stereo at 3am
Go to the food bank and take ALL the food, who cares about others
never give to charity - ew !!! god forbid ! thinking of others !!!!!
You MUST be single no kids (selfish)
ya, the world is better place with you in it.
have a nice day Hans Solo !
ps - maybe you should learn how to read professor, because if you did, you would read the Landlord Tenant act, that states LANDLORDS , NOT TENANTS, are soley responsibl
e IN EVERY WAY for pest control.
Have a nice time at the Learning Centre ! xoxoxox
tata for now Mr. Team Player !!! hahaha
Anonymous on 12/13/2011
why not seal your own apartment? its for your OWN good, not for the good of others.
Anonymous on 12/13/2011
If you look at the first posting from Artichoke in 2009, you will notice a number of things that are NOT being done now , or this year.
#1. The cracks in the apartment were all sealed.
#2. The apartment was SPRAYED, not heat treated (which they say now is USELESS)
According to the TOP extermination companies, heat treatments FAIL as the bedbugs sense the heat and RUN FURTHER INTO THE WALLS AND CRACKS and this spreads them to other units.
Statistically, sprays work 10
0% of the time, BUT THE UNITS MUST BE SEALED !!!!
NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN THIS BUILDING. NONE OF OUR APARTMENTS HAVE BEEN SEALED (IE AROUND BASEBOARDS ETC.) AND THE INFESTATION IS STILL VERY ACTIVE AS OF DEC. 2011.
I just know that for us, we have a Personal Injury attorney on standby and we will hold Briarlane 100% responsible for any loss of furniture, lost wages, psychological trama etc., as they have had since 2009 to get rid of these bugs and have FAILED MISERABLY.
Anonymous on 12/08/2011
Apartments on East end of building look as if they have contents on balcony sealed in green garbage bags.
The same kind of "mystery white truck" that held the Pest Heat Furnaces seen for entire day (same day green bags spotted) outside 145 St. George.just this week.
Does this mean they were never killed in first place? Just infesting other units?
There is no cure for this building.
A building wide fumigation should be done.
Anonymous on 11/02/2011
4th and 5th floors.
From a friend, they said the units across from the elevators, but to the left. Which would mean the south facing side, the middle units? Thereabouts.
Also, recently, as my husband is quite friendly with a fellow he bikes with in the building, his friend just moved out recently from the 8th floor, and he said it was from recent bedbug infestation, which was not treated soon enough.
His furniture, we believe, was just thrown out last weekend.
Also, not official
, apparently the NORTH facing bachelor units tenants have reported seeing them but not sure if reported to super yet!!
Now, that leaves no side/unit/ whatever unphased by this .
NOT GOOD. :(
Anonymous on 10/30/2011
To the poster below, can you pls clarify which units on 4th and 5th you are referring to?
Anonymous on 10/29/2011
To D. Earth person below:
hello, thank you for the tip. I also heard boric acid, which is used as an eye antiseptic, as with the earth, JUST WEAR A MASK TO PREVENT INHALATION.
Other than that, i would say we all have to use these powders.
The holes around fridge, stove are too hard to reach and too big to block in some units.
I used DUCT TAPE on mine and masking tape, if it is easier than caulking. Just make sure the tape is pushed down and stuck. Also, with masking tape , becaus
e it is light colour, i find it is easy to look at and see "mysterious" dots on it.
You know, i see the first post below, from 2009.
So, I am sure, they have been breeding in here for all that time..........over 2 years (it is almost 2012).
There is no hope for this building. There will come a point they will not be able to rent any units.
More furntiure out there today with the Bed Bug Warning on it (Sat. Oct 29). great eh?
ONE IMPORTANT THING: IF YOU MOVE OUT, BEWARE OF THE ELEVATOR !!!!! GOOD TIP FOR THIS IS TO SPRAY MEDICINAL RUBBING ALCOHOL (PUT IN A PUMP HAIR SPRAY BOTTLE) ALL AROUND THE EDGES OF THE ELEVATOR AND IN THE CRACKS. DID YOU KNOW RUBBING ALCOHOL KILLS BEDBUGS ON CONTACT? AND, IT LEAVES NO MESS, JUST EVAPORATES !
IT MAY KILL STRAY OR LARVA AGED BB'S SO YOU DONT DRAG TO YOUR NICE NEW PLACE.
ALSO, IF YOU CAN, BUY THIN PLASTIC TARPS AT CANADIAN AND PUT THEM AROUND YOUR FURNITURE AND TAPE UP. THEY ARE THIN BUT DO THE JOB for moving.
There are lots of things you can do to make the infestation less horrid if you take action BEFORE they get in your apartment.
Good luck to all of us.
We are all screwed. :( :(
Also, keep the information coming, example, if you live on 4th floor and get them, please post so we know where the new infestations are.
I know most recently one person moved out from 8th floor, and an aparment facing south, in the middle (just left of the elevator) got them on the 4th and 5th floors.
So, they are pretty much everywhere now.......
good luck everyone.
Anonymous on 10/25/2011
people if you still have bed bugs get DIATOMACEOUS EARTH...
GRASSROOTS @ bloor and spadina sells FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH...
wear a mask if you are worried about inhalation but be rest assured people EAT this stuff..it will not harm you.
this is the story of any building downtown toronto...once infestations occur they are extremely hard to get rid of...all you can do now is take preventative measures. The tips below are excellent...in combination with these tips, i highly suggest
you seal your own apartment...why wait for management or this incompetent pest control company to do it for you???????
go to home depot or canadian tire pick up a caulking gun and seal the cracks...all baseboards.
after that put diatomaceous earth along the baseboards and in cracks and crevices.
get a mattress protector too. and i agree with below --- KEEP ALLLLLL your furniture away from the walls.
Take Precautions on 10/25/2011
I read the note below. I have some tips might help you catch, not kill them. But they should be presented to the super asap, and keep a photo as well.
Also, DONT LET THEM WAIT 2 WEEKS TO TREAT - THE LEGAL TIME IS 12-72 HOURS.
THIS IS A HUGE PART OF PROBLEM, THE BUGS LAY 500 EGGS A WEEK, AND THE TREATMENTS ARE NOT GETTING THE LARVA/BABY BEDBUGS.
DID YOU KNOW THEY LIVE/LAY DORMANT FOR 18 MONTHS?
THE INFESTATION WAS TOO FAR GONE TO TREAT, THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING IS INFES
TED. TOO LATE.
A lady a few floors below me took some good preventative steps for identifying, and being proactive. Even exterminators recommend this:
1. Put double sided tape and/or sticky boards everywhere near your apartment door, baseboards, bedfeet, etc. Remember, it is better to use double sided tape, as they crawl right under the sticky boards.
2. Bedbugs have a hard time walking on smooth/sticky surfaces. Put vaseline around bedlegs, sofa legs, and on the left and right edge of your clothes wracks as they WILL get in your clothes.
3. Put double sided tape around ALL VENTS in kitchen, bathroom and electrical outlets. If they crawl out, they will stick, and you can get your place treated SOONER
but, it may be too late for us here.
Unfortunately, i agree with the person below.
Now, only a building wide heat treatment may work, and they must seal off the halls and do 3 floors at a time. no point in doing just units as they run (did you know they can run as fast as an ANT? think about THAT - right?).
I would be willing to go for legal action.
To anybody who has a unit not affected, beware that as of Oct. the infestation is spreading even more quickly than before. so you better keep an eye out for those moving dark spots.......and
MOST IMPORANT - DO NOT HAVE YOUR BED AGAINST THE WALL AND KEEP YOUR BEDDING OFF THE FLOOR TOO !
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US.
ps - looking forward to tenant meeting!!!!!!!
I WON'T take the abuse! on 10/12/2011
Bed bugs still running rampant in the walls affecting both treated and untreated units. Are we going in circles or what?
Is it true bedbugs are creeping out of the exhaust vents in the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways???
Dogs must brought in to re-inspect!!!
Many tenants don't even know their units are affected because 40% of the population doesn't react to bedbug bites. That means only 60% of us do!
I agree this building is a lost cause. I'm getting the **** out!
PS: I saw tons
of furniture in the garbage last night. None of it was labelled "Bedbugs" and people carried away much of it including a wrapped up mattress!
Anonymous on 10/10/2011
Does anyone have an information as to what floors/units are infected??
Anonymous on 10/10/2011
I live in this building and am very concerned about what has been going on. I completely agree that there has been a severe lack of information shared. As far as I know, my apartment remains unaffected but it seems like it is just a matter of time. I want to be a part of whatever is necessary to prevent and inform of the bedbug issue here. Keep the information coming!!
CLASS ACTION - NOW on 10/09/2011
Dear Fellow Tenants:
We must, MUST do something.
today, Oct. 8, FOUR NEW BEDBUG INFESTED MATTRESSES AND MISC. FURNITURE IS ONCE AGAIN DOWNSTAIRS !!! UNWRAPPED !!!
THERE WILL BE NO END TO THIS.
To those with their heads buried in the sand, I saw a tenant from the first floor with bedbug bites on their arm. I asked them, and yes, they are now down to the lower levels.
NO LITERATURE HAS BEEN GIVEN RE DISPOSAL OF FURNITURE ETC.
THE WHOLE BUILDING IS A LOSS, I AGREE WITH PERSO
PERSONALLY, I FEEL A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST BRIARLANE.
I CONSULTED WITH MY OWN LAWYER, WHO FEELS THIS MAY GET US SOMEWHERE AS THIS HAS BEEN DONE A LOT IN THE USA., A LOT. WITH GOOD RESULTS.
THE CHARGES WOULD BE REIMBURSEMENT OF DAMAGES, EITHER MONITARY, EMOTIONAL, ETC. THERE ARE TOO MANY TO MENTION.
I AM GOING TO FIND OUT THIS WEEK (WEEK OF THANKSGIVING) AND DEPENDING ON WHAT I FIND, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A TENANTS MEETING SOMEWHERE AND/OR EVEN GO TO THE MEDIA.
PERSONALLY, I AM NOT LETTING THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS. I WILL SUE FOR DAMAGES, AND LOOKING INTO THIS NOW.
BUT, IF YOU WANT TO DO A CLASS ACTION, PLESE POST HERE ASSAP.
AND WHAT IS WRONG WITH MAGICAL PEST CONTROL????
YOU ARE RIGHT, THEY ARE IN THE WALLS !!!!! YOU CANNOT TREAT WALLS.
OH, AND BY THE WAY, WHY ARE THEY NOT SEALING ALL THE CRACKS IN OUR APARTMENTS, AS OUTLINED IN THE LANDLORD TENANT ACT WHEN THERE IS A PEST PROBLEM?
I SAY WE STOP PAYING RENT. SCREW THEM.
TIME FOR A MUTINY, BRIARLANE, BETTER CONSULT YOUR LEGAL TEAM, OH, AND BY THE WAY, YOU WON'T WIN.
CHEERS ! HAHAH LOL *EVIL GRIN*
SIGNED : FIGHTING BACK - HARD.
Anonymous on 09/29/2011
let me just add: to your concern of it being blown around, it can also be mixed with water to make a paste - once it dries it is still equally effective!
Anonymous on 09/29/2011
While this is true about diatomaceous earth, the amount you require is sparingly little. Applying a VERY thin film (barely even visible) just around the cracks in your apartment is sufficient - in such small quantities it is not going to do harm. Yes, the process of application may pose some risks but these can be avoided by using a mask. Additionally, food grade DE (as your post points out) is safer than regular DE.
I paid a visit to the store grassroots - and the woman there told me that M
ANY people swear by it and its very cheap - it cost me only $2.50 for a good amount.
The woman also told me that bed bugs highly dislike the smell of lavender - using a lavender based laundry detergent or even a lavender soap MAY help deter them from biting you. Additionally, using a vaporizer that lets out the smell of lavender may also help. Again, you will find research that states it doesnt work - but i think anything is worth a try...
Finally if you don't want to use DE or any other methods, one sure way to help is to seal your apartment thoroughly - baseboards and all cracks and crevices.
LONG GONE Tenent! on 09/29/2011
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: not a good idea since you'll consistently be exposing yourself to the dust as it blows/lifts around in your apartment with every step you take.
Here is a good article
Safety considerations - The absorbent qualities of diatomite can result in a significant drying of the hands if handled without gloves. The flux-calcined form contains a highly crystalline form of silica, resulting in sharp edges. The sharpness of this version of the material makes it dangerous to breathe
and a dust mask is recommended when working with it.
The type of hazard posed by inhalation depends on the form of the silica. Crystalline silica poses a serious inhalation hazard because it can cause silicosis. Amorphous silica can cause dusty lungs, but does not carry the same degree of risk as crystalline silica. Natural or dried diatomite generally contains very low percentages of crystalline silica. Diatomite produced for pool filters is treated with high heat (calcining) and a fluxing agent (soda ash), causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume its crystalline form.
The crystalline silica content of the dust's particulate is regulated in the United States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and there are guidelines for the maximum amounts allowable in the product and in the air near the breathing zone of workers.
Anonymous on 09/28/2011
To the poster below, if you don't mind can you share what floor you were on??
Tenent LONG GONE! on 09/28/2011
I have done a lot of research into bedbugs and I have this to report:
1. Management will NOT...NOT be successful in putting an end to this matter because it's impossible at this stage of the game. When infestations have become bad in a particular apartment furnature IS NOT kept...it's treated and thrown out. The same can be said about this apartment the only difference is they can't throw the building out. They can only offer 'hope' to the tenents. This building is a lost cause however as
long as people are kept convinced that treatment will work, they will stay put and the owners will continue to collect rent.
2. Pesticides DO NOT WORK anymore. Do the research yourself. Bedbugs these days have a natural resistance to modern day pesticides. The only thing pesticides will do is harm you and your pets. This is why heat treatment is consistently being used in this building. Pesticide use will only make the unknowledgable tenents feel better about the situation.
3. There are countless hoarders(pack rats) that live at this location. Exterminating bedbugs and the eggs is next to impossible from these units. Infact, eliminating bedbugs from most units will be impossible as even heat treatments will not elimate them from within the walls. They will continuously spread and reinfest units.
4. Move out now. The problem will NOT get better. IT"S A LOST CAUSE! It might do something in the short run but units will get reinfested and in the long run the problem will reoccur. Please explain how the walls inside will be elimated of bedbugs???
5. I've consistently found adult bugs crawling out from within holes in the walls even after my unit had been treated with pesticides over and over and over again. Thank God i recently moved out!!!
6. The only end in sight for this problem is if they vacate and shut the building down for 1 to 2 years and aggressively treat every unit, wall and hallway.
7. Magic Pest Contol is making tens of thousands of dollars out of this. Do you think they really want to solve the problem? I saw it with the treatment of my own unit. They missed the "root cause" consistently.
I HOPE THE OWNERS PAY FOR THIS AND PAY FOR THIS BAD!!!!! THEY ARE CHEAP!!!!!! RELAXING IN FLORIDA ALL YEAR ROUND AND TRYING TO PENNY PINCH EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IS FINALLY CATCHING UP. THEY HAVE BEEN SCREWING TENENTS FOR THE LONGEST TIME. I WONDER HOW ALL OTHER 11 HIGHRISES THEY OWN IN TORONTO ARE DOING???
Anonymous on 09/28/2011
There are preventative measures that each of us can take...i encourage you to look up diatomaceous earth and bed bug prevention. It is completely safe, just sprinkle some around your apartment - especially around your bed and baseboards and it will dehydrate the bed bug causing them to die.
secondly, get yourself a mattress protector - if bed bugs cannot establish a foothold in your mattress it makes it that much harder for an infestation.
thirdly, PEOPLE SMARTEN UP, do not bring infeste
d materials from the garbage back into your apartments...common sense
seriously...there are many many many reviews of diatomaceous earth and its success in bed bug prevention and elimination. you can get it from a store called Grassroots - http://www.grassrootsstore.com/store-locator-a/243.htm
it's a small price to pay for piece of mind - if management is not dealing with it properly take the matters into your own hands - at least partially until management gets their act together..
Anonymous on 09/28/2011
It is simply unbelievable how long it has taken to get any real, competent and effective action on this problem! Where is management? The problem has indeed spread to the lower floors, no doubt because no definitive action was taken early on, and the super seems to be entirely incompetent when it comes to policing how infested items were/are disposed of, or even IF they are disposed of or AT ALL.
Meanwhile, the only way to get any information around here seems to be by talking to our neig
hbors in the elevator. Information needs to be out in the open, and people need to be educated on how to prevent re-infestation.
Let's organize! Power in numbers. We should NOT be paying rent to live in a constant state of vigilance and fear.
AGREED -- THIS IS A NIGHTMARE!!!
Does anyone have any thoughts on how we tenants might organize?!?
Anonymous on 09/27/2011
While reading this, keep in mind the original infestation was dealt with August 8th. This is almost 2 months ago.............and there is no end in sight............
Sat. Sept 24 - More bedbugs reported to management - now spreading down (ie, lower floors) and across.
Mon. Sept 26 - 3 huge white trucks with extermination heat drums with "PEST HEAT" written on them brought into building
- 3 TRUCKS FULL OF THE HEAT UNITS!!!!
Tues. Sept 27 - 3 MORE trucks today. Saw men with the Pest C
ontrol Logo on their shirts.
THAT IS HOW BAD IT IS....for those of you in denial or refuse to get your heads out of the sand.
WAKE UP TENNANTS. REPORT BEDBUGS ASAP - THEY ARE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BUILDING.
IF YOU DONT REPORT THEM YOU ARE PUTTING ALL OF US IN JEOPARDY.
Anonymous on 09/26/2011
This issue shouldn't be taking weeks to get fixed. The person who spread it should be evicted.
We should not have to pay rent for this month and/or be reimbursed. This has been a nightmare.
Anonymous on 09/20/2011
ALL AT 145 ST. GEORGE - CALL THIS NUMBER
IT IS BOARD OF HEALTH BEDBUG HOTLINE.
TELL THEM WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE AS BRIARLANE HAS TO BE CHECKED TO SEE IF THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS FOR BEDBUG CONTROL.
THE MORE CALLS THAT GO IN - THE MORE ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.
WE NEED PRINTED MATERIALS DISTRIBUTED TO TENANTS, WHY ARE WE PAYING RENT IF YOU DONT GET HONEST ANSWERS AND WE CANT PROTECT OURSELVES, OUR CHILDREN, AND OUR PETS !!!
AND - You know what
I want to know?
Who, in their right mind, after all this, would even WANT to use that laundry room????
Everybody is putting their bedbug beddings and area rugs in there will nymph bugs and adults, my friend saw bedbug carcas (bodies) at the side the table !!!
This was not due to bad cleaning, as our building is clean, but IT IS DUE TO THE FACT BEDBUG INFESTED BEDDING is being brought into the laundry room.
What are we paying rent for???? To live in fear like this???
There isnt a day goes by where some mysterious green bag sealed with duct tape , or bags , are at the recycle bins. THEY SHOULDNT EVEN BE THERE.
Bedbug Infested furniture left for days against the walls of recyle area outside then people BRING PAPERS AND BOTTLES IN FROM BINS - MY WIFE WAS RIGHT THERE AND SAW THIS WITH HER OWN EYES. THIS = REINFESTATION !!!
there MUST......MUST be educational materials submitted to each and every tenant, stating:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR APARTMENT
HOW TO DISPOSE OF INFESTED FURNITURE
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO BRING IN BOTTLES AND PAPERS FROM RECYLE AREAS
TO ME, IT IS UNREAL THAT UNWRAPPED BEDBUG INFESTED STUFF IS BEING DRAGGED THROUGH HALLS, PUT IN ELEVATORS, AND LEFT OUTSIDE FOR DAYS ON END, UNWRAPPED.
After reading the notes below, I, too, am going to contact Board of Health tomorrow.
What is the saying? IT TAKES A VILLAGE??
SAFETY IN NUMBERS?
Anonymous on 09/20/2011
Tenants Unite - it is the only way
Thank you (below) for feeling the same way we do.
There should be postings on walls or under our doors to advise us WHERE the pests are in the building, not to persecute the people whose apartments they are in, as it is not their fault most likely, but WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE SO WE CAN OBSERVANT IN OUR OWN APARTMENTS IF WE KNOW THEY ARE ON OUR FLOOR. That only makes Sense !!!
But as you say below, there is no information being given.
We have done r
esearch and it appears Briarlane is NOT following PMP (Pest Management Protocol) as stated by the Toronto Board of Health.
THEY ARE WAITING WEEKS TO TREAT APARMENTS/HALLWAYS...MEANWHILE THE BUGS ARE JUST TAKING A STROLL THROUGH 145 ST. GEORGE, INFESTING ANY AREA THEY WISH.
Tomorrow we are calling Toronto Board of Health regarding Briarlane and the Pest Control Management Standards Act.
All of us, the tenants, should be informed of what is going on, and we are going to make sure this gets done.
signed - PISSED OFF.
Anonymous on 09/17/2011
TOXIC PESTICIDE DUST HAS NOW BEEN SPRINKLED ALL OVER LAUNDRY ROOM WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A WARNING TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS! THIS STUFF IS DANGEROUS TO BOTH HUMANS AND PETS!!! READ ABOUT PYRETHRINS AND SILICA.
Anonymous on 09/15/2011
A large part of the bedbug problem at this property is due to management's LACK OF TRANSPARENCY. It took 10 days to inform residents of the results of the canine inspection. In the meantime, the super Elena was very evasive and basically refused to answer any questions. Absolutely no informational, preventative or educational materials were distributed, so residents were left to speculate and exchange information in the elevator. I too have heard multiple stories and seen evidence of infeste
d materials that were not properly disposed of.
As of Sept. 10, we received notice that the whole building was to undergo a "preventative treatment," but once again there were no specifics as to the extent of the problem, what the treatment would entail or what chemicals would be used. We were merely told to move everything away from the walls and remove all electrical faceplates. It took me a full day to obtain an answer as to the pesticide to be used and the mode of application. Again, Elena couldn't - or wouldn't - provide an answer to this question. She just says she doesn't know and appears to be more concerned about her own risk of infestation than that of her tenants. Stella, the Senior Property Manager at Briarlane, is far more forthcoming and sympathetic, but of course she is not onsite.
If building management actually expects to solve this problem, they need to be open and transparent and work WITH residents, instead of keeping us in the dark. I too will be consulting Toronto Public Health and retaining legal counsel - and would strongly encourage other concerned tenants to do so.
Why? on 09/14/2011
TENANTS HAVE TO BE AWARE IF THEY ARE GETTING BITTEN OR SEEING BEDBUGS!!
IN ORDER FOR THIS BUILDING TO HAVE GOTTEN THIS WAY, SOMEBODY WAS BITTEN REPEATEDLY AND DID NOT REPORT IT. AND PROBABLY OTHERS.
A COOWORKER OF MY HUSBAND SAYS PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEM IN THEIR BUILDINGS AT HIS WORK, BUT IT WAS NEVER THIS BAD (AS THIS BUILDING IS RIGHT NOW).
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE TENANTS????????? THEY MUST BE LIVING IN SQUALOR IN THEIR APARTMENTS.
ALSO PEOPLE SEEN IN GARBAGE BINS, AFTER TREATMENTS, B
RINGING ITEMS BACK INTO THE APARTMENT.........FROM THE GARBAGE AREA !!!!!!!!!
I AGREE WITH THE PERSON WHO SAID UNBELIEVEABLE, BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS.
SIGNED: SAD FOR ALL RESPONSIBLE TENANTS WHO NOW HAVE TO SUFFER.
alina f on 09/10/2011
Stela is not an idiot..that's my mother you're talking about..one of the best property managers that ever existed. she cares about her buildings and her tenants, and she is doing the best she can. she has bosses too, and people she answers too..and a budget..and yes bed bugs are horrible and i wish to never get them..and i'm sure anyone can agree with me on that..but calling her an idiot because your building has problems, isn't going to make the problem going away. so unless you know what you'r
e talking about, don't talk at all.
Wondering on 09/01/2011
Update for this building Sept. 1 2011:
Sniffer Dogs sent around building last few days(that is how bad it is) to "sniff out" bedbugs.
Today we saw a vehicle with some kind of extermination unit attached.
Will check with management to make sure ALL suites and surrounding suites/halls/ etc are treated.
Contacted Toronto Board of Health and also our lawyer...........so armed and ready should the job not be done correctly.
Anonymous on 08/25/2011
If you feel that the problem is not being dealt with properly by management I HIGHLY encourage you to contact Toronto Public Health.
The phone number is 416-338-7600.
If they get a report that management is not spraying infested/surrounding units they do have the authority to ensure that the spraying is carried out.
The more people that call and report the better, and more likely that this will be dealt with ASAP.
t yet moved into this building but gave them a call and they were extremely helpful even with just giving tips about preventative measures.
Infuriated Tenants on 08/16/2011
JULY/AUGUST 2011 INFESTATION - SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING.
BEDBUGS EVERYWHERE. AND I MEAN EVERYWHERE.
WE MUST ALL HAVE THEM - YOU HAVE TO LOOK. PUT DOWN SOME STICKY TAPE BY YOUR BED........
WHOLE BUILDING HAS TO BE FUMIGATED, NO MORE MESSING AROUND.
BEDBUG INFESTED FURNITURE DRAGGED THRU HALLS, LEFT OUTSIDE, PUT IN ELEVATOR - FULL INFESTED AND UNCOVERED !!! NOBODY IS COVERING THE INFESTED FURNITURE !!! IT GOES THAT WAY INTO THE ELEVATORS AND HALLS !!!
THINK YOUR SAFE - THINK
IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. AND IT WILL BE SOON, CONSIDERING WHO BUILDING INFESTED !!!!
COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. A DISGRACE.
SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING! MAYBE WE SHOULD CALL CTV OR CITY TV, HAVE THEM DO A STORY ON THE BUILDING - THAT MIGHT GET SOME ACTION?
145 St George St Resident on 08/16/2011
Further to the poster's comments below, I can tell you there are tenents on the 12th floor, 9th floor as well as tenents on the 6th floor that discovered bedbugs in there units this past week. They must be spreading from within the walls for some time now and word is getting around hence the discoveries. I wouldn't doubt they are all over the apartment complex. Getting rid of them will be a very longterm fight that will be lost. Are you willing to expose yourself to all those pesticides?
can also add spraying and fumigating with insectices isn't doing much because they have been spraying units everywhere for a long time now with no real results. As far as I know it seems like a losing battle.
Stella is an idiot! on 08/15/2011
Walls/plumbing/electrical outlets/switches are infested with bedbugs. East side of Levels 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 and possibly 7. Due to the secrecy of management, many residents probably have them but don't know it yet. Expect a widespread infestation in the building in the near future.
Whole building will probably need to be evacuated and treated!
Disgusted Resident on 08/15/2011
Apartment 1006 in 145 St. George St. was completely infested! The resident is a 24 hour alcoholic who is not in the right state of mind. The problem is so serious the infestation has spread in the walls and many (countless) units serveral floors above and below. All her furnature is on the porch for anyone to see. Her bed and furnature was completely infested and she had to throw some things out. I witnessed a blanket of bedbugs in the halway and elevator as the furnature was being removed. IT
WASN'T EVEN WRAPPED UP!!!
Pesticide treatments have not been working because the bugs keep crawling out from the walls in 12 units or more. I believe the walls are internally infested as well.
This is a very serious problem which Briarlane isn't dealing with sufficiently. They are penny pinching and a more agressive approach is required. I suspect this to become a huge issue in the whole apartment in the next few months or so! Doing some research the bedbugs in this unit must be resistent to pesicide treatments if they just keep crawlig out!
Anonymous on 08/09/2011
what floors have been infested so far? i'm moving into this apartment soon and just want to be aware of what i'm getting myself into.
Anonymous on 08/08/2011
Tickedoff: If you have bed bugs you need to report them to the super. I found bed bugs in my apartment as well last week and the super called a pest control company and dealt with it quickly but she needs to be alerted that there is a problem.
Anonymous on 08/08/2011
I had bed bugs in this apartment building in the summer of 2009, and now I have heard that they are all through out the 11th and 12th floor.
The supers were helpful and my apartment was sprayed, but they told me not to tell other people in the building or the other tenants would blame me and be angry.
But this is ridiculous, they should be spraying the whole building, not just each individual apartment. Having bed bugs was exhausting and expensive!
Tickedoff on 07/29/2011
Another bed bug infestation at this address.
Why isn't anyone else registering? Tell us your story. I know it's far more wide spread in this apartment than noted here!
Artichoke on 09/01/2010
Bedbug outbreak in this apartment building in April and May 2009. Confirmed by exterminator. After sealing, cleaning and spraying every crack in my apartment, no traces of these pests anymore as of August 2010.
Bedbugs from 7th floor spread to 8th and 9th through cracks in floors. Also confirmed these bedbug problems with residents on 7th and 8th floor. Not sure if exterminator sprayed their apartments.
Matress from 7th floor infested with bedbugs was seen in garbage.