There is a certain trio of dusky-colored high-rise apartment buildings in Halifax that are, and have always been, swarming with bedbugs.
Since these infested buildings have been gentrified and rented out to the oft-mobile university student population, what we have is a spread of bedbugs to other homes and buildings throughout Halifax.
Current legislation places the responsibility of bedbug control on the person who brought them into the building. Since extermination is expensive, tenants stay mum about it until the infestation spreads like wildfire to their neighbors.
Home care workers are refusing to go to houses of the sick that contain bedbugs. It has gotten that much out of hand.
I say anyone who has experienced the anxiety and disgust of a bedbug infestation, and anyone who does not want to live through the former, should write to your local Halifax counsellor and demand legislation that places the responsibility of bedbug control on the landlord. Such a law would force landlords to keep buildings bug-free by regular maintenance, since an infestation would cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Also, to help curb this resurgence in bedbug infestation, one could petition to unban DDT or other potent, effective insecticides for residential use. Research on bedbugs is scant, and it is not known if the bugs transmit disease. Hepatitis B has been found in the feces of these insects, however, so the possibility is there. Thus, potent insecticides would be crucial to control the bedbug epidemic.
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