By Stephanie Ip
An annual ranking of top Canadian cities for bedbugs has been released and Sudbury has itched its way into ninth place.
Sudbury is the only Northern Ontario city listed in the top 25 list. On the 2019 list released by Orkin Canada, Vancouver is third, bested only by Toronto in first place and Winnipeg in second. St. John’s follows in fourth place and Ottawa in fifth.
As in previous years’ rankings, larger cities and travel hot spots populated the top of the list, with bed bugs reported in both clean and dirty homes, as well as office buildings. According to the pest control experts, bed bugs were a “rarely experienced irritant” just 20 years ago, but has since spread to become a common problem in urban centres.
Signs of a bed bug infestation include tiny, dark coloured spots or stains or cast skins. The critters are often spotted in and around mattress tags or in seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of furniture, buckling wallpaper and carpets.
The ranking is based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.
Top 25 Canadian cities for bed bugs
- St. John’s
- North Yok
Tips on preventing bed bugs while travelling
- When travelling, don’t put clothing or luggage on the bed which allows the bugs, if present, to climb in.
- Use metal luggage racks to keep suitcases off the carpet and away from walls or wooden furniture. (The bugs can’t climb metal surfaces very well.)
- Use plastic bags to pack clothing. This prevents the spread of bed bugs if they do happen to hitch a ride in your suitcase.
- It’s rare but bed bugs can thrive not just in hotels, but also on airplanes and train seats, buses or rental cars.