Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on January 27th, 2021

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Toronto still tops the list of 25 bed bug cities in Canada with Sudbury coming in second.

On the bright side, that doesnt mean the number of critters is going up.

In fact, according to an annual survey by pest control company Orkin Canada, some hitchhikers couldnt catch a ride in 2020, with bed bug sightings across the country down by nearly 20 per cent over the previous year.

And whats to thank for that? COVID-19 restrictions.

As a result of their ability to latch on to people, clothing and furniture, all it takes is an airline or bus seat, an unsuspecting office, or a house or hotel with changing visitors, for bed bugs to travel great distances, Orkin said in a news release Tuesday.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in less opportunities for these hitchhikers to move around, for the first time since Orkin Canada released its annual survey five years ago.

However, Orkin Canada said its expected that once the economy reopens, bed bugs cases will rise again.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it should not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on the Canadian market, the company said.

Read more from the original source:
Sudbury second on Canada's bed bug list - The Sudbury Star

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