Toronto is known for being at the top of many national rankings, but this one is nothing to brag about. Toronto was just named the city with the worst bed bug problem in all of Canada and honestly, who's surprised? Canadian pest removal and exterminator company Orkin recently released the list of cities with the worst bed bug infestations in Canada and the results are pretty gross.
The rankings were based on the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018. Toronto, unfortunately, came out on the very top of the list with the most bed bug infestations. It looks like Ontario is also the province with the most bed bug problems because six cities in the top 10 list were located in Ontario.
Ottawa was the city with the second-most bed bug infestations in Ontario, coming in sixth on the list. Hamilton came in seventh, Sudbury ranked eighth, Windsor took ninth place. Scarborough finished off the top 10 rankings at 10th place.
Now that it's a new year, Orkin is reminding Canadians to take careful precautions to prevent taking home bed bugs. "Bed bugs are extremely efficient hitch hikers," reads the report from Orkin. "They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night".
You do not want these creepy critters settling into your home, especially because they tend to bite humans and leaving itchy marks. However, before you freak out, not all hope is lost - there are ways to help prevent a bed bug infestation in your home.
The pest removal and exterminator company shared some useful tips to help avoid creepy bed bugs from getting into your home. Orkin Canada recommends doing the following to lower your risk of a bed bug problem:
- "Do not put your clothing or luggage directly on the bed. If bed bugs are present in the bed, they can climb into bags, suitcases or any laundry left on the bed.
- Use metal luggage racks at all times. Bed bugs cannot easily climb metal surfaces, so they make an ideal overnight spot for your suitcase. Keep the rack away from the walls and any wooden furniture.
- Use small plastic bags to pack clothing, shoes and other personal items. This will help prevent any bed bugs that climb into your suitcase from getting into your house with your clothing. Bed bugs can also hide in books, cloth toiletry kits and other non-metal personal items.
- Hotels aren’t the only bed bug travel threats. Bed bugs thrive in dark, cool places with long-term access to humans. They can also be found on airplane and train seats, buses or in rental cars. It’s rare but it is possible to pick up bed bugs in places like these"