Canada's Condominium Magazine
Unlike other rankings where Toronto prevails, one distinction is not worth boasting about. Toronto was ranked number one for Canadian cities for out-of-control biting bed bug populations.
The top ten, ranked by the Bed Bug Registry, were:
- St. John’s
2270 reports of bed bugs
In the “Bed Bug Registry,” there are 2270 reports for bed bugs in Toronto. Toronto leads ( a dubious honour) in Canada, while New York dominates the U.S. with over 4,000 reports. By comparison:
- Toronto had 2270 reports of bed bugs
- New York 4000 reports
- Vancouver just over 2000 reports
- Chicago only 500
- San Francisco only 450
- Los Angeles 403
Top tips for controlling and preventing
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the top ten tips for preventing or controlling bed bugs are:
- Verify you have bed bugs, not fleas or ticks.
- Don’t panic and throw out everything: you could spread the bugs to other residents.
- Don’t automatically reach for the poison or spray can. Here are non-chemical control methods (PDF download from Virginia government)>>
- Clean up clutter: reduce the hiding places.
- Wash and heat-dry bedding, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor regularly.
- Bed bugs can be killed by heat, but be cautious: usually only special equipment works as they will only die at 45 degrees (C) or 113 degrees (F)
- Use professionals when all else fails.