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On February 23, Health Canada
was made aware of the death of an infant and the
serious injury of other family members from
exposure to what appears to be a phosphine
pesticide. A second child has since died as a
result of this incident. This pesticide, which
is highly toxic to humans and animals, was
imported for personal use from abroad and was
being used in the residence for the control of
bedbugs. In Canada, phosphine pesticides can
only be sold to individuals holding an
appropriate pesticide applicator certificate or
licence and are not approved for use on bedbugs.
Health effects from exposure to phosphine can
include severe injury or death.
Health Canada is also aware of
other incidents involving the use of ozone
generators (machines that produce ozone gas) for
the control of bedbugs. Ozone generating devices
are not safe to use and can cause respiratory
problems including coughing, chest pain,
shortness of breath, and irritation of eyes,
nose and throat.
Health Canada is warning
Canadians of the extreme danger of using
unregistered pest control products, including
those imported from other countries or obtained
when travelling abroad. The department reminds
Canadians that pesticides should only be used
according to the directions outlined on product
What you should do.
Bedbugs are very hard to get rid
of. Health Canada strongly recommends hiring a
licensed professional pest control operator to
deal with a bedbug infestation. Contact
information for exterminators or pest controloperators can be found
Directory of Pest
Second Child Dies From
Illegal Pesticide Use. Third Child Critical.
A second child — a
two-year-old boy — has died after exposure
to a phosphine fumigant used to kill bedbugs
in his Fort McMurray, Alta., apartment.On Monday, the boy’s eight-month-old
sister died in hospital after being exposed
to the illegally imported pesticide. Her
funeral was held in Edmonton on Thursday.A third sibling, a six-year-old boy,
remains at the Stollery Children's Hospital
in Edmontonon a
children, aged four and seven, were released
from a hospital in Fort McMurray on
Wednesday. Their mother, who was also under
observation, has also been released.When inhaled, phosphine causes cell
damage in lungs and affects the nervous
Illegal Pesticide use kills baby. 4 children
Four children remain in
critical condition in separate Alberta hospitals, following the death of
an 8 month old baby, after all were exposed to an illegal pesticide used
to kill bedbugs in a Fort McMurray apartment.
The mother is also under observation in the Fort McMurray hospital.
The pesticide was smuggled into Canada from Pakistan where the parents
recently traveled for a holiday. The mother placed Phosphine tablets
around the family Fort McMurray apartment last Tuesday, to rid the unit
of bedbugs. The children began to show signs of illness Saturday
afternoon and were taken to hospital Sunday where the baby died.
Cpl. George Cameron said the RCMP are treating the situation as a sudden
death. We have to determine the exact cause of the death of this infant,
why it happened, could it have been prevented." The pesticide use
appeared to have been isolated to the one apartment, he said.
Phosphine, a controlled substance in Canada was found in an unmarked
container in the home. It is normally used to fumigate stored grain. It
can only be legally purchased and used by trained and licensed pesticide
applicators. It is also illegal to import any pesticide into Canada
that does not have a Health Canada registration number.
Phosphine was blamed in the mysterious deaths oftwo Quebec sisters travelling in Thailand as well as several
other tourists in 2012. The pesticide acts on the nervous system in a
manner similar to sarin, an outlawed chemical weapon. Phosphine gas is
also heavier than air so stays nearer the floor where children are
likely to play.
An unnamed Alberta chemical expert said it would have been a major
disaster if the gas had escaped from carryon luggage on an airplane.
“It could have killed all the passengers. How did it get past airport
security? How did it get past Canada Customs?”
New Web Site For Kids
The National Pest Management Association has recently
published a web site to educate youngsters while they have fun playing a
number of games. Mysterious and
exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts
them to our homes and yards. Test your pest knowledge and skills with
these learning games for kids of all ages!
Canadian scientists discover a breakthrough
bait-and-trap for bed bugs
Simon Fraser University scientists have announced that they have
discovered the chemical attractants needed to create the
world’s first effective and affordable bait-and-trap for bed bugs. The
traps, which they hope will be commercially available next year, might
be able to capture enough of the bugs to eliminate a small outbreak,
said SFU biology professor Gerhard Gries.
Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes a deadly Disease
The bed bug may be just as
dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A
new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the
triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that
causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in
Arachnophobia spreading like a virus
More than half the recent photos sent to this web site for
identification include some of the thousands of species of Arachnids.
We receive so many spider photos we
publish only the best and most unusual.
Most submissions include the question: "Are they
Dangerous"? The most common example of an animal-based phobia
is fear of spiders, or Arachnophobia. This fear prompts many to scurry
for their digital cameras and snap a picture before the little creature
bites them and runs away.
Most of these fears are unfounded. Humans are not a food
source for spiders.
More information on
spiders can be found at the links below:
New Pesticide Tested for Medical
Marijuana Grow Ops.
Enterprises Inc. has
announced they have approval to
commence testing of
GlobalEx effervescent chlorine dioxide tablets for
use in the Canadian and U.S. horticultural and
agricultural industries. Matica intends to utilize
these cutting-edge chlorine dioxide tablets in the
quickly expanding medical marijuana and industrial
hemp industries for the elimination of mold,
bio-film and pests in controlled growing facilities,
eliminating the need for harmful or Healthrestricted pesticides.
According to Health Canada (MMPR) guidelines,
medical marijuana must not be treated before, during
or after the drying process with a pest control
product that has not been approved. Matica and
ChroniCare Canada Corp. have acquired medical
marijuana plants that have been specifically
infected with spider mites, a common pest associated
with marijuana plants, for the purposes of
conducting controlled trials using the chlorine
Warning: Pet Collars may be
a risk to children
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has canceled flea and tick pet
collars containing an insecticide. This decision was reached as a result
of EPA’s risk assessment showing risks to children from exposure to pet
collars containing propoxur, an insecticide registered for use to
control ticks, fleas and a variety of insects and is used in industrial,
commercial and residential facilities. “This action is another example
of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim
Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety
and Pollution Prevention. The action represents the solution to most
quickly remove the pet collars from the market. EPA’s risk assessment
found, in some but not all use scenarios, unacceptable risks to children
from exposure to propoxur pet collars
The pet collars are marketed by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and
Wellmark International under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry,
Zodiac and Biospot. Flea and tick collars work by leaving a pesticide
residue on dogs' and cats' fur, which can be transferred to people by
hugging, petting or coming into contact with the pets. The major source
of exposure to these chemicals is from absorption through the skin after
directly touching the treated pet. Small children may ingest pesticide
residues when they touch a treated cat or dog and subsequently put their
hands in their mouth.
If you purchase a propoxur pet collar, read the label carefully and
follow all directions on the label to protect your family from exposure.
Do not allow children to play with the collar, and wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
years ago, automakers started using biodegradable, soy-based wiring
insulation. This was the manufacturers’ concession to going “green”
because the soy-based wiring degrades in landfills, unlike the older
petroleum-based, plastic-covered wiring. Unfortunately, the
manufacturers didn’t consider possible ramifications. Soy is food-based;
rodents are attracted to it, so they are even more likely to chew on
wiring that has a soy-based covering. Even worse, automakers are
starting to make other car parts, like seat padding, with soy-based
It's great for the environment but even better for hungry mice and
squirrels. They are drawn to it, therefore they are chewing and eating
it, And mechanics are also finding nests created in the upper plenums
(fresh air intakes). What You Can Do
Some automakers are responding. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti
rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just Hondas. If
you suspect a critter has gotten under the hood of your car, you need to
take action immediately, because he will be back. And he may bring his
friends and family next time.
How Safe Are The Pesticides Available in Canada?
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under
This bug was found in Rosedale, Chilliwack, BC. Angela..
is a giant water bug (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), a.k.a. toe biter or
electric light bug. They are voracious predators on aquatic invertebrates as
well as the occasional tadpole or small fish, and can deliver quite a
painful ‘bite’ if mishandled. See nos. 1498, 1457, and 1378 for other
examples.Ed Saugstad, retired
entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.