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In this Aug. 25, 2010 photo, a bed bug is found in a mattress at the home of Delores Stewart, in Columbus, Ohio. A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. (Terry Gilliam/Terry Gilliam/AP)
In this Aug. 25, 2010 photo, a bed bug is found in a mattress at the home of Delores Stewart, in Columbus, Ohio. A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. (Terry Gilliam/Terry Gilliam/AP)

TIFF investigates bedbug claims at movie hub Add to ...

It seems that a city-wide bedbug battle has become a pest for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival co-director Cameron Bailey said on Twitter that officials are responding to a complaint about the troublesome insects at one of the festival's main movie hubs, the Scotiabank Theatre.

"Before bedbugs becomes today's meme: we're on it, we're talking to Cineplex & are planning for an itch-free (festival)," wrote Mr. Bailey, whose Twitter handle is cameron-tiff.

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The comment came shortly after a movie fan tweeted that a friend suffered bites to his "back, bottom, thighs" after catching a film at the downtown multiplex.

A spokeswoman for Cineplex Entertainment, which runs the theatre, said they were fully investigating a report received late Monday from a guest who believed they were bitten by bedbugs.

"The safety and security of our guests and staff are our number one concern and we will investigate this situation immediately and take any steps necessary to address it," Pat Marshall said in a statement.

In recent months, Toronto hospitals, libraries, stores and upscale apartment buildings have been overtaken by bedbug infestations.

Earlier this month, pests invaded a popular movie theatre in New York's Times Square and sparked an investigation into all AMC theatres in Manhattan.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 9 to 19.

 

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