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File under ‘eww’: Sudbury ranked 8th in Canada for bed bugs

Orkin releases annual Top Ten list of worst Canadian cities for bed bugs
A bed bug on the back of a person's hand. They may be small, but bed bugs are pretty heavy on the

Toronto may be on top, but Greater Sudbury wasn’t left off the list of the worst Canadian cities for bed bugs in 2017.

Pest control company Orkin Canada released its annual Top Ten list today. Toronto took the top spot with Winnipeg and Vancouver rounding out the top three.

Greater Sudbury was ranked eighth.

In a news release, Orkin stated it expects this to be “a bumper year for bed bugs.” The findings are based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company, which claims the title of Canada’s largest pest control provider.

The top 10 cities: 

  1. Toronto
  2. Winnipeg
  3. Vancouver
  4. Ottawa
  5. St. John's
  6. Edmonton
  7. Halifax
  8. Sudbury
  9. Scarborough
  10. Calgary

When you’re travelling this summer, here are some tips to protect yourself from the tiny bloodsuckers:

  • Inspect beds, soft furnishings and framed pictures – look for insects, blood stains, dead bugs and eggs;
  • Keep all your luggage elevated and away from soft furnishings; and
  • When returning home, leave your luggage in the garage and put all clothing in the dryer at the highest appropriate temperature for at least 15 minutes.

If you detect signs of bed bugs, Orkin suggests seeking expert advice to prevent widespread infestation.

For more information on bed bugs, the Sudbury and District Health Unit has a page on the critters.