Sudbury ninth on national bedbugs list – The Sudbury Star

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By Stephanie Ip

An annual ranking of top Canadian cities for bedbugs has been released and Sudbury has itched its way into ninth place.

Sudbury is the only Northern Ontario city listed in the top 25 list. On the 2019 list released by Orkin Canada, Vancouver is third, bested only by Toronto in first place and Winnipeg in second. St. Johns follows in fourth place and Ottawa in fifth.

As in previous years rankings, larger cities and travel hot spots populated the top of the list, with bed bugs reported in both clean and dirty homes, as well as office buildings. According to the pest control experts, bed bugs were a rarely experienced irritant just 20 years ago, but has since spread to become a common problem in urban centres.

Signs of a bed bug infestation include tiny, dark coloured spots or stains or cast skins. The critters are often spotted in and around mattress tags or in seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of furniture, buckling wallpaper and carpets.

The ranking is based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.

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