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Toronto number one! For bed bugs? Over 2270 reports of bed bugs in Toronto. Tips on how to control them.

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.
Map of bed bug reports from Beg Bug Registry in Toronto area.
Map of bed bug reports from Beg Bug Registry in Toronto area.
The top ten, ranked by the Bed Bug Registry, were:
  • Toronto:
  • Winnipeg
  • Vancouver:
  • Ottawa
  • St. John’s
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Sudbury
  • Scarborough
  • Calgary

Here's what the critters (bed bugs) look like. Visually identify them to make sure you don't have a different problem, such as fleas.
Here’s what the critters (bed bugs) look like. Visually identify them to make sure you don’t have a different problem, such as fleas.

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.

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