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Bed bug infestations on the rise in Toronto
Canada is experiencing a 20 per cent increase in bed bug inquiries
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Crawling into a bed with bugs is a creepy thought... but it's a problem that's becoming more common in the city.

A COMPAS Research survey of Canadian Health Inspectors says Canada is seeing a 20 per cent increase in bed bug inquires compared to the same period last year. The research was conducted on behalf of Abell Pest Control and found that most cases are coming from cities like Montreal, Halifax and Toronto.

Newstalk 1010 spoke to Michael Heimbach, the director of business development at Abell Pest Control and he said the increase is due to three factors:

• A compounding growth that’s been happening naturally from year-to-year

• People bringing them home from vacation or camp

• Reproduction rates are high in the summer

Heimbach explains that adult bed bugs are usually 3-5 mm and black in colour. “They’re smart. They typically come out after 2:00 in the morning so they’re hard to find,” he said.

Bed bug adds that they can live up to six months without food and are common in both urban and rural areas of the city. He’s specifically noticed an increase in apartment buildings.

Heimbach advises that people shouldn’t try to solve the problem on their own. 

“If you see bed bugs, you’ve got to call an exterminator right away,” he said.

Using bed bug spray only makes the problem worse since most are immune to what they sell in North American stores and it forces the pests to spread more widely throughout the home.

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  1. Mike posted on 07/22/2014 02:49 AM
    A very short term, just so you can kind of sleep fix for bed bugs is to take a house key and run it along all the seams of your mattress. It will smear the bugs on it, but you can reduce the population quickly through diligence, and hope your neighbours in the apartment building do the same.
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Crawling into a bed with bugs is a creepy thought... but it's a problem that's becoming more common in the city.

A COMPAS Research survey of Canadian Health Inspectors says Canada is seeing a 20 per cent increase in bed bug inquires compared to the same period last year. The research was conducted on behalf of Abell Pest Control and found that most cases are coming from cities like Montreal, Halifax and Toronto.

Newstalk 1010 spoke to Michael Heimbach, the director of business development at Abell Pest Control and he said the increase is due to three factors:

• A compounding growth that’s been happening naturally from year-to-year

• People bringing them home from vacation or camp

• Reproduction rates are high in the summer

Heimbach explains that adult bed bugs are usually 3-5 mm and black in colour. “They’re smart. They typically come out after 2:00 in the morning so they’re hard to find,” he said.

Bed bug adds that they can live up to six months without food and are common in both urban and rural areas of the city. He’s specifically noticed an increase in apartment buildings.

Heimbach advises that people shouldn’t try to solve the problem on their own. 

“If you see bed bugs, you’ve got to call an exterminator right away,” he said.

Using bed bug spray only makes the problem worse since most are immune to what they sell in North American stores and it forces the pests to spread more widely throughout the home.

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  1. Mike posted on 07/22/2014 02:49 AM
    A very short term, just so you can kind of sleep fix for bed bugs is to take a house key and run it along all the seams of your mattress. It will smear the bugs on it, but you can reduce the population quickly through diligence, and hope your neighbours in the apartment building do the same.
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