Are bed bugs still a problem in Toronto?

TORONTO — Even with sightings down 20 per cent over last year, Canada’s largest pest control company says that Toronto has topped the list of top bed bug cities in the country two years running.

Where are bed bugs in Toronto?

Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes, and even in some public places, such as businesses and offices.

How common are bed bugs in Toronto?

Toronto was actually ranked the city with the highest bed bug infestation in 2017. The Toronto Bed Bug Registry would certainly agree with this claim citing 2,270 reported cases of bed bugs in Toronto. Other cities that come close include Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa.

How can you tell the difference between bed bugs and ticks?

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Bed bugs are usually reddish-brown, while ticks often have lighter bodies and darker legs with stripes. The bodies of ticks swell up considerably after a good meal. While bed bugs also become engorged with blood, they don’t swell up as noticeably.

What do I do if I have bed bugs in Toronto?

To file a complaint about bed bugs in your rental unit, a service request for investigation by Municipal Licensing & Standards can be submitted online at, or call 311.

What are the worst cities for bed bugs?

The Top 50 Bed Bug Cities

  • Chicago (+2)
  • Baltimore.
  • Washington, DC (-2)
  • Detroit (+3)
  • Columbus, OH.
  • Cleveland, OH (+5)
  • Indianapolis (+2)
  • Cincinnati.

Are bed bugs a problem in Canada?

Bed bugs are seeing a resurgence in Canada and even the cleanest of homes can fall victim to these painful pests. At night, bed bugs feed on sleeping humans, but by day, they hide in dark undisturbed areas like inside furniture, baseboards, floorboards, carpets, and even wallpaper.

What’s the worst bed bugs can do?

Some of these effects include: Allergic reactions to their bites, which can be severe. Effects ranging from no reaction to a small bite mark to, in rare cases, anaphylaxis (severe, whole-body reaction). Secondary infections of the skin from the bite reaction, such as impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.

Is there anything you can put on your skin to keep bedbugs from biting you?

Vicks VapoRub. Vicks VapoRub repels not only cough and cold, but also bed bugs. To stop bed bugs from biting you, use Vicks VapoRub on parts of your body that are prone to bed bug bites, like the neck, knees, lower back, belly, and elbows.

Is the landlord responsible for bed bugs in Toronto?

Are landlords responsible for dealing with bed bugs? In Ontario, landlords are responsible for ensuring that units are fit for habitation and compliant with provincial health standards. This means that Toronto landlords are responsible for paying for pest control treatments used to eradicate a bed bug infestation.