If you've ever found a bug in your apartment, then you understand the fear of wondering where the thousand other little critters are hiding. Not just any bug can spark horror, but when you think about bed bugs and cockroaches it really couldn't get any worse than that.
Until you start seeing rats. This should be where the line is drawn and evacuation measures are taken. Except that they aren't. Your new roommates are now giant rodents and creepy bugs that seem to multiply overnight. This might not be the case where you live, but it's the nightmare that tenants of an apartment in Montreal-Nord have been dealing with for over a year.
TL;DR The Public Health Department and the City of Montreal had no choice by to launch extermination efforts on a Montreal-Nord apartment building infested with cockroaches, bed bugs and rats. Complaints have been made since 2017, but with three extermination planned this week, all vermin is expected to finally be gone. More details below.
The complaints began rolling into the City of Montreal in 2017. After more than 15 inspection visits, it was decided that work would begin in 2018 to exterminate the bugs. Follow-ups were made last year, but the issue wasn't actually solved as the city received a new complaint of the bugs and rodents just last week.
The City of Montreal and the Public Health Department had no choice but to intervene on Monday. Since then, tenants have met with infectious disease prevention teams and social workers while the building undergoes multiple exterminations.
The tenants are unable to be relocated due to the complexity of quickly finding accomodations for everyone, especially those that have pets.
What's even more shocking in the midst of the bug infestation is that the owner of the apartment complex completely abandoned their obligations towards the building. The owner now owes payment to the Laurentian Bank. Needless to say, this is one messy situation.
Over the course of the week at least three more exterminations will take place in the building, with the Public Health Department returning next week to ensure all vermin have been exterminated.
Until then, it sounds like it's going to be an absolute nightmare for any tenants of the building. At the very least, their apartments will no longer be overrun by the unwanted critters.