(WINDSOR, ON) – It is a list most cities would rather not appear on. According to one of the nation’s largest pest control companies, there are ten other cities with a bed bug problem which overshadows the one in Windsor.
Windsor is number eleven on the first ever list of cities with the most incidences of bed bugs. The national bed bug situation, says pest exterminator Orkin Canada, which compiled the list, is expected to get worse.
From what the company is seeing, this could be a bumper year for the pesky tiny bugs. To compile its list, Orkin staff counted up the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments it is asked to carry out in Canadian cities.
It should be noted that the results are only based on the work Orkin does and is not a comprehensive survey of bed bug cities.
The top ten cities suffering from bed bugs are:
- St John’s
Orkin says it has been told by entomologists that having a clean room does not prevent bed bugs. The nuisance bugs can lay up to ten eggs in one day. Those detecting signs of bed bugs are advised to seek expert advice to prevent widespread infestation.
There are measures travellers can take when they rent hotel or motel rooms to avoid bringing the bugs home. They should always check their accommodations for signs of the bugs. Orkin advises the best methods are to thoroughly inspect all beds, soft furnishings, and framed pictures. Things to look for include insects, blood stains, dead bugs, and eggs.
Luggage should be elevated and away from soft furnishings such as couches.
On return to your home, tourists should not bring their luggage directly into their homes. It is advised to leave it in the garage and to put all clothing in the dryer at the highest appropriate temperature for at least 15 minutes.
The city rankings were based on all bed bug treatments by Orkin Canada at residential and commercial properties within Canada from July 1, 2016, to June 30, this year.