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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 26th, 2022

One of Canadaslargest pest control providers has released a new list that no city should be happy to top.

Orkin Canada has released its list of the 25 most afflicted bed bug cities in Canada.

For those not in the know, bed bugs are dedicated blood-feeding insects that can travel up to 100-feet in search of a meal, according to the company. In the case of the most common bed bug, the blood they feed on is human blood, and dinner time is between midnight and 5 am.

To be clear, Orkin Canadas data is derived exclusively from the number of commercial and residential properties that have received bed bug treatment directly from Orkin between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Courtesy of Orkin Canada

Thebed bug registry allows people to search for houses, hotels, and apartments that may or may not have had a reported case of bed bugs. It has information available for most major Canadian cities, including Toronto and Metro Vancouver.

This year, Orkin reports that travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a shift to remote working have resulted in fewer bugs hitchhiking their way into homes. As a result, bed bug sightings have not yet rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Dont celebrate yet, though, all it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space, the company says.

Compared to last years rankings, the City of Toronto claimed the number one spot for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to third place (from fourth), St. Johns rose to fourth (from sixth), and Winnipeg dropped substantially to ninth place (from fifth).

As Canadians return to travel Orkin suggests these helpful tips for eager vacationers:

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians, shares Orkin.

So sleep tight! And dont let the bed bugs well, you know Yikes.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 15th, 2022

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"All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space."

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Creepy crawlers like Toronto the best.

The city has been named the bed bug capitol of Canada for 2021 the third year in a row its topped the ranking, according to Orkin Canada.

Orkin compiles the list based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments the company carried out.

Taking second place last year was Sudbury, followed by Vancouver, St. Johns, Oshawa, Scarborough, Moncton, Saint John, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around, Orkin said in a release. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space.

Orkin noted the insects can travel up to 30 metres (100 feet) in search of a meal which for them is blood, mainly from humans and usually consumed between midnight and 5 a.m.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians, the company added.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 14th, 2022

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North Bay has made the list of the top 25 bed buggiest cities in Canada.

Orkin Canada released last years annual list of the top bed buggiest cities in Canada Monday and North Bay squeaked in to the 24thspot.

North Bay wasnt the only Northern Ontario city to make the list. Sudbury clinched second.

Toronto topped the list for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to No. 3 (up one), St Johns climbed to No. 4 (from No. 6), and Winnipeg dropped to No. 9 (from No. 5 in 2021).

Orkin said the findings, based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021, show the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.

This list comes as District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is once again dealing with a bed bug issue at the Edgewater Apartment building on Lakeshore Drive.

Board chair Mark King confirmed there is a bed bug problem in the building and senior staff are dealing with it.

He said affected apartments will undergo heat treatments.

Its unclear how many apartments are infested and how many units will undergo heat treatments.

Weve identified and addressed the problem, and are trying everything possible to solve it. Its tough to handle, King said.

There is a business that sells used furniture and used clothing nearby and these are prime examples how bed bugs can be carried.

Residents at the Edgewater have been grappling with the bed bug situation for years. In 2020, there were more than five apartments at the Edgewater with bed bug infestations. The problem resurfaced in May 2021.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space, according to Orkin.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians. With blood as their only food source, bed bugs mainly feed on humans, having their dinners usually between midnight and 5 a.m.

These dedicated blood-feeding insects can travel up to 100 feet in search of a meal, which is quite a trek for these small but resilient creatures. As Canadians start to travel, whether to the office or on vacation, so too will bed bugs.

Concerned Canadians are encouraged to carefully examine furniture and clothing after guests leave your home, drying potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting, and sealing cracks in walls, trims, and bed frames.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 14th, 2022

Four multifamily properties in South Parkdale have just gone up for sale for a whopping $18,750,000.

So what would you be getting for almost $19 million?

Well, according to the Colliers Canada listing, it "presents investors with an opportunity to acquire four separate properties, totaling 64 suites, on a 0.555 acre site."

The four properties are 2, 4, 6, and 8 Laxton Avenue.

2 Laxton Ave. Toronto.

2 Laxton Ave. is a mid-rise apartment building with 52-units that was built in the early 1970s.Its claim to fame is a long history of bed bugs and roach infestations.

8 Laxton Ave. Toronto

Meanwhile, the other buildings are old Victorian homes that have been chopped up into apartments and are currently rented out.

What condition these places are in is a mystery since there are no photos of the interiorsbut from the little bits of information that have been left on the internet don't get your hopes up.

4 Laxton Ave. Toronto.

For example, just last month there was a majorfire at 4 Laxton Ave. and it's unclear how much damage there was.

But, whoever buys this is likely going to be a developer or investor who's interested in the prime location(Queen St. W and Jameson Ave.) and the half an acre of land these buildings take up,so it probably doesn't mattertoo much if the properties are salvageable.

6 Laxton Ave. Toronto

Even the listing notes: "this is a unique opportunity to reposition an apartment building in downtown Toronto."

Let's just hope whatever they do they at leastgetrid of the bed bugs and cockroaches...

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on March 21st, 2022

Two cities in B.C.'s Lower Mainland rank among the top in Canada when it comes to bed bugs, according to a pest control company.

Vancouver came in third in the 2021 list, which ranks major cities based on the number of related calls made to Orkin Canada.

Nearby Burnaby claimed the 25th spot.

Orkin said the worst spot in the country for the bugs the company calls "extremely effective hitchhikers" because of their tendency to travel across rooms and along with luggage.

Toronto took the top spot, followed by Sudbury, Ont.

Also in the top 10 were: St. John's; the Ontario cities of Oshawa and Scarborough; the New Brunswick cities of Moncton and Saint John; Winnipeg; and Edmonton.

The calls made in those cities were for both residential and commercial bed bug treatments.

Orkin offered its advice to reduce the spread of bed bugs, which often enter residential spaces through travel.

"Bed bugs thrive in dark, cool places with long-term access to humans," the company wrote in a news release. "They can also be found on airplane and train seats, in buses or in rental cars."

Orkin said it's rare to pick them up in those locations, but it is possible.

Where people are more likely to encounter the bugs is in hotels and motels. For those types of locations, Orkin suggested ensuring clothing and luggage are never put directly on the bed.

The company said travellers should use metal luggage racks, as the bugs can't easily climb up metal surfaces the way they can on walls and wooden furniture.

Orkin also recommends packing clothes, shoes and other items into plastic bags, which can keep bed bugs that have crawled into a suitcase from getting into the house on clothing.

Anyone checking for bed bugs should also look at books, cloth toiletry kits and other personal items where they may be hiding.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on January 27th, 2022

When a person notices that their home may have bed bugs, the first action they should consider is contacting the services of a professional that has quite a bit of experience in this field. This is because, in most cases, it can be difficult to resolve the problem without the aid of the right tools and products. A professional team brings both the knowledge and the expertise needed to ideally remove all kinds of bed bugs and pests from ones home. Michigan-based Hi-Tech Pest Control is one such bed bug and pest control extermination service that has retained their spot as the top option for the people of the area since 1986.

The company has managed to cement their position among the community through their strong focus on quality and consistency. They offer all customers a 6-month long warranty, showcasing the sheer belief they have in their work. In addition to their high quality, Hi-Tech Pest Control believes in offering a cost-effective solution. The pest control company provides some of the markets most affordable offers while also being one of the fastest and most responsive names in Michigan.

As the leading bed bug exterminator in the area, Hi-Tech Pest Control has largely streamlined their methodology and follow a tried and tested process to uncover all affected areas. They begin by carefully inspecting any areas of the house or facility that they think may be infected with bed bugs. After this, the treatment process begins which leads to the eradication of eggs and hidden bugs. Finally, with the use of modern technology, they can cleanse the entire premises.

The companys worthwhile services have become a consistent option for people of Southeastern Michigan. As someone that has spent over 3 decades in the area, they have succeeded in cementing their position as the top name amongst the community.

About Hi-Tech Pest Control

Hi-Tech Pest Control is an experienced Bed Bug and Pest Control Exterminator Serving Southeastern Michigan and surrounding areas. They have Pest Control and IPM programs available. Hi-Tech Pest Control has been Southeastern Michigans leading residential and commercial bed bug removal since 1986, successfully eradicating pests in tens of thousands of homes using a combination of experience, knowledge, and the latest and greatest in bed bug extermination technology and approaches.

Media ContactCompany Name: Hi-Tech Pest ControlContact Person: Media RelationsEmail: Send EmailCity: TroyState: MichiganCountry: United StatesWebsite: https://hi-techpestcontrol.com

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on January 11th, 2022

Bedbugs have been around for a long time and will continue to be a menace to homeowners. A well-informed agent can address the pros and cons of different remediation techniques to help assure buyers and sellers that they can sleep soundly again at night.

It may seem hard to believe that an insect the size of an apple seed can be so prolific and cause so many problems, but bedbugs are a menace thats both expensive and time-consuming to cure.

These bugs thrive on blood and, with their needle-sized beak, bore into a hosts skin for sustenance. Bedbugs do not fly but crawl from location to location.

Bedbugs have existed for more than 3,500 years, according to fossil finds by scientists, and it is believed that they first parasitized bats and then moved onto humans. A history of bedbugs reveals that they were first found in caves where civilization began, as early as 100 A.D.

In 600 A.D, bedbugs were found in China, in 1200 A.D. in Germany, and evidence of bedbugs has been found in France in 1400 A.D. Englands first infestations were around 1583, and soon after, they traveled to the New World, hitching a ride on ships with travelers coming to what would soon be America.

Bedbugs are hardy creatures who can survive without food for a year. They are small, oval, wingless creatures that must crawl to spread. As the bugs are often concealed in clothing or furniture, they may move more rapidly by relying on humans to transport them.

Bedbugs are also prolific, as females reproduce five to seven eggs per week, for a total of 250 eggs in a lifetime. It takes between two and eleven months for the bugs to reach maturity. Bedbugs thrive in temperatures between 46 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit and typically live within eight feet of where their human hosts sleep.

Due to the small size of the fully formed bedbug, between five and seven millimeters, they are hard to see. Bedbug droppings, the size of a poppy seed, are evidence of their presence, and they emit a musty smell.

Bedbugs are not easy to see, as they are translucent unless they have recently eaten, and then appear reddish-brown. Remember, a bedbugs diet is human blood, hence their brownish color.

Bedbugs can travel, although slowly, through cracks in walls and ceilings, on pipes and through spaces between floorboards.

Extremes of temperature, both cold and hot, can kill bedbugs, once an infestation has been established. Temperatures below zero degrees will kill bedbugs, as well as temperatures above 120 degrees. The standard cure for bedbugs is to launder all fabrics in very hot water and dry them in commercial dryers at high temperatures.

On the other end of the temperature scale, one effective approach is Cryonite freezing treatment, a completely green process that uses carbon dioxide to freeze, and this terminates the bugs. Of course, the other solution is to discard furniture, bedding and clothing to ensure that the bugs are out of your home.

It is always wise to be extra careful when shopping in thrift stores or used furniture stores to be sure that there is no evidence of bedbugs. Woe to the unsuspecting individual who brings home an upholstered chair or sofa cushion that they find on the curb on trash day!

To prevent bedbugs, keeping bedrooms clutter-free and clean, including frequent vacuuming, is advised. When traveling, avoid putting suitcases on beds or the floor, instead use a luggage rack. Doing laundry often is also the key to preventing bedbugs and their spread.

Evidence of bedbugs can take the form of bites on the sleepers body, although the bites may take up to two weeks to appear. Dark spots of dried blood on sheets and mattresses are also evidence of an infestation.

If an apartment building or multifamily dwelling has had an infestation of bedbugs, notice must be given once removal and remediation have occurred. Highly trained and sensitive dogs are currently used to determine bedbug infestations. These dogs qualify for their task by eight hundred hours of training and have a 96-98 percent effectiveness in detecting bugs within a three-foot radius.

Bedbugs have been around for a long time and will continue to be a menace to homeowners. A well-informed agent can address the pros and cons of different remediation techniques to help assure buyers and sellers that they can sleep soundly again at night.

GerardSplendoreis a licensed associate real estate broker withWarburg Realtyin New York. Connect with him onLinkedIn.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 22nd, 2021

Bed Bugs all Gone specializes in bed bug inspections & bed bug remediation since 2014. As the only such specialist in Northern CA, they are expanding their service area.

Bed Bugs all Gone is a rare company doing nothing but bed bug inspections and bed bug remediation since 2014. As the only such specialist in Northern California, they are now reacting to strong demand by expanding their service area to San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties in addition to the seven counties surrounding San Francisco Bay, their original service area. You can reach them at (844) 416-4999 or through their website:www.bedbugsallgone.com.

Convenient, Fast and Lasting Results to Get Rid of Bed BugsThey have pioneered a uniquely comprehensive, single-service method that does not use toxic chemicals, requires virtually no preparation, allows the occupant to stay home during service, and stops bites from the day of service.

It comes with an unprecedented 15-month warranty which is important since bed bugs can live over a year between meals while they hide in tight, dark, undisturbed places close to the victim.

Bed Bugs all Gone uses a control material that remains bio-available for many years. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques are also employed along with other products that last indefinitely. In fact, in calling past clients from over four years ago, none had had a re-occurrence. In summary, the service outlasts the bugs, so they all die!

Education Is the KeyThe entire staff is trained to teach clients how to avoid getting bed bugs in their current and future residences. This includes how to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home after a trip. Founder, Steve Coy, points out that the staff is a group of born teachers who enjoy helping the client succeed.

We arent looking for repeat business from our clients, just repeat referrals! If you know what to do, you are unlikely to have this problem again.

About Steve Coy at Bed Bugs all GoneBorn in Palo Alto, CA and raised in Los Altos, his entrepreneurial career began at the age of 14, painting houses. With this endeavor, he put himself through Stanford University studying economics with a graduate MBA degree in finance.

Having practiced pest control for over 25 years, Steve learned about this new, never-before-heard-of product. He tried it out on the worst bed bug infestations he could find and it worked beyond his wildest dreams. He imagined starting a movement to rid the world of bed bugs.

Steve immediately sold his pest control operations in San Diego and moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area. It took over a year of preparation and planning, but once he started, he never looked back while continually perfecting his system of bed bug extermination.

People who know him say hes not bashful about his knowledge of bed bug control; he plays to win every single time he does a service. Steve published his entire protocol on the Bed Bugs all Gone website, hoping that others will follow his lead and adopt the program he has created. He invites you to contact him.

Media ContactCompany Name: Bed Bugs All GoneContact Person: Barbara HartleyEmail: Send EmailPhone: (650) 863-9128Country: United StatesWebsite: https://www.bedbugsallgone.com/

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on December 20th, 2021

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Mellissa Bergeron first moved into her unit on Bruce Avenue in Sudbury a year ago, but it wasnt until a fire next door about six months ago that she said bed bugs and cockroaches infiltrated her unit.

Bergeron said her son is covered in bites, and she worries for her young daughter. She said because of all of the things wrong with her unit, she's refusing to pay rent to Sudbury Housing.

Housing wont fix it -- they say it's my fault, that Im a dirty woman," she said. "Theres been no help. Ive pleaded and begged. Theyve taken me to court for withholding my rent (but) they wont see it on my side."

She said there's a host of other problems connected with her apartment that badly need to be addressed.

My basement wall is molding and falling apart -- you can pull the whole plywood off of the wall and it would crumble everywhere," said Bergeron.

"Theres walls bubbling, finishing nails that are popping out because of the water damage from them putting the fire out. Theres a dead raccoon living in the ceiling above my bed. My attic roof fell on my head and gave me a concussion.

While shes concerned about her home, it's the health of her nine-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter shes most concerned about.

My son is so covered in bites that he is so itchy, hes ripping them wide open and he looks battered and bruised from it," she said.

"My 14-month-old daughter has them all over her legs, all over her body. (She) has something called cockroach fever and is getting very violently ill.

In order to fix the infestation, Bergeron said Sudbury Housing told her she would have to pay the rent she owes and get rid of everything she owns.

They havent done anything," she said. "I have to throw out everything I own, my children own. I dont get to keep anything because of this. Then they will come and clean out my home for me to be comfortable in it.

When CTV reached out to the city for comment, we received the following statement:

We have an extensive pest management program that provides support to our residents during a pest infestation. We have been working closely with our pest contractor to resolve pest issues, and we stepped up our program in September to provide greater assistance to our residents.

"As with any pest management process, cooperation from residents is required in order to assist with treatment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents have not reported their infestations to the maintenance department or been willing to permit staff and pest contractors to have access to their units to complete necessary treatments.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on October 26th, 2021

There are just oh, so many ways to get in the spooky spirit for Halloween, butToronto Forestry is taking it to an uncomfortable level this week for people who aren't fond of bugs.

Instead of offering up tips on how to avoid damaging trees with Halloween decorations or the type of seasonal content you'd typically expect from a city-managed Twitter account, Toronto Forestry is tapping into our collective fears of things that have entirely too many legs.

The TOTrees Twitter account (I seriously don't think they know what they did there) will be spending the scariest week of the year "celebrating Toronto's creepy crawlies."

It's only Monday, but they've come out of the gate swinging with a terrifying start, announcing the week of shiver-inducing critters with possibly the most alien-looking of them all.

Apparently, (and don't squish the messenger) the American giant millipede (Narceus americanus) is something that lives right here in Toronto.

And while this absolute nightmare fuel of a creature can grow up to a serpentine 10 centimetres and might make you want to reflexively reach for the heaviest book in your home, they're apparently nothing to be afraid of.

The tweet refers to the species as a "recycler extraordinaire,"helping to enrich forest soil by eating decaying plant matter and other debris.

So don't worry, you aren't going to wake up with a miniature version of the sandworms from Dune on your pillow.

No promises about house centipedes though. Those things are everywhere, can run like the wind, and can rip pretty much anything smaller than them to shreds.

And that's not even mentioning the bedbugs that run rampant in this city. Those things will eat you alive while you sleep.

So think about those pleasant thoughtswhen you're tucked into bed tonight, because if this is what Toronto Forestry drops on us for day one of the week, people might want to steel themselves up for much scarier local critters to come.

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