Toronto International Film Festival will be bedbug free
August 31st, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Toronto International Film Festival will be bedbug free

They’ve infested movie theaters in New York and New Jersey, but, contrary to a Toronto moviegoer’s tweet, bedbugs won't be making an appearance on the red carpet at the upcoming film fest.

After one woman claimed she’d been bitten by bedbugs at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto - one of the main venues of the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on September 9 - Cineplex Entertainment didn’t waste any time before resolving the (non)-issue.

“After a thorough investigation overnight, which involved a specially trained sniffing dog and a secondary visual inspection, Abell [Pest Control Inc.,] has confirmed that there were no bedbugs located within the Scotiabank theatre,” a media statement issued by Cineplex Entertainment states.

The TIFF is “dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers,” according to the festival’s website. “TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.”

TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey first addressed the potential bedbugs via Twitter when he wrote, “Before bedbugs becomes today's meme: we're on it, we're talking to Cineplex & are planning for an itch-free #TIFF10.”

He tweeted again early Tuesday afternoon, “No bedbugs in TIFF theatre, Cineplex confirms.” He went on: “If you want creepy creatures at #TFF10, try Midnight Madness... or the Wall Street villains in INSIDE JOB.”

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  1. DM

    Hollywood should make a movie like they used to back in the 50's about bed bugs... something like "...attack of the bed bugs..." With todays technology I bet it could be done to look good.

    If you've got bed bugs in Toronto check out

    November 11, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. jez

    Free Online movies

    October 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gail

    Forgot to mention:
    In response to 'bed bug victim'... number '1' re the spray – it is not recommended to use spray yourself because that will simply disperse the bugs throughout the house. The sprays that you can buy in stores are not strong enough to kill bed bugs. Same goes with number '2' and '5'. Hot water is good but it's the heat of the dryer that kills bed bugs. Dry all clothing and bedding on high for one hour – that should do the trick. There's a company in Toronto that deals only with bed bugs –> Look at their site, it explains more. Cheers

    October 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gail

    Good bed bug blog for those with bed bugs in Toronto

    October 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Destronex

    Bed Bugs is a really problem....

    October 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bed bug victim

    It was a terrible experience. When I pull up the mattress, I saw hundreds of these bed bugs moving around. They are trying to hide, because it seems like they are afraid of the light.

    I’ve got these bed bugs for almost a year. I keep spraying and washing my cloths. I even threw away lots of my cloths.

    That was a really expensive experience, not the mention the lack of sleep that I had for many days.
    Here is my advice when you have bed bugs:

    Don’t throw away your mattress immediately; otherwise someone else can get bed bugs.

    1. Buy 3 cans of bed bug spray (you really need that)
    2. Spray your mattress
    3. Seal your mattress with thick plastic mattress cover
    (must NOT have any holes, otherwise they can get in and bit you again)
    4. Find the bed bugs in your bed frame and kill them
    5. Spray your bed frame every day for at least 1 week

    6. Wash your bed sheets and blankets with HOT water
    7. Wash all your clothes with HOT water
    8. Dry your clothes in heater (heat can kill bed bugs)
    9. After cleaning, put your cloths in a plastic bag with air zip
    10. Put your bags of cloths in the middle of your house

    11. These are just the basic steps, bed bugs can still hide in the holes and cracks of your wall.

    12. There is more…

    September 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Katie Caperton

    Thanks TorontoResident – we've updated the post. Hopefully the bugs will stay off the red carpet! Entertainment Editor

    August 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TorontoResident

    Just to correct your report - bed bugs have most definitely made it across the border.

    Toronto has a growing bed bug problem, as do most major Canadian cities. There may not be any bed bugs in the Scotiabank Theatre, but they are certainly here. And spreading.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |

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