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‘Canada’s Top Bed Bug Cities’ Have Been Revealed & Montreal Isn’t Even Top 10 –

Orkin has released its list of 'Canada's Top Bed Bug Cities' and maybe surprisingly Montreal didn't even crack the top 10.

The Quebec metropolis lands at number 19 in the list, which ranks cities "by the number of bed bug treatments the company performed" in 2020.

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Toronto #1 Bed Bug City In Canada

So Montreal's low ranking could be explained by a less frequent use of Orkin compared to other pest control services in the city, but there's no way to know.

The number one spot of course went to Toronto.

It's followed in the ranking by Sudbury, Oshawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, St. John's, Scarborough, Whitby, Edmonton and Ottawa.

"Bed bugs are extremely efficient hitch hikers," Orkin warns.

"They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night."

The company's advice for keeping the critters out of your home include not putting luggage on beds when travelling, using metal luggage racks and packing clothes in plastic bags.

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This Map Shows You The Exact Location Of All Of The Bed Bug Infestations In Montreal – MTL Blog

Anyone who's ever had bed bugs know that the tiny creatures can cause a massive headache. Bed bugs bite you in your sleep like tiny little parasites, and the mere thought of that can lead to quite a few sleepless nights if you're dealing with an infestation.

It's therefore reasonable that people want to know where bedbugs are found in the city, especially when they're thinking about moving to a new building. According to Sant Montreal, "between 2010 and 2014, about 3% (22,000) of households a year had bed bugs."

Luckily, Open Data 101 Montreal has put together an easy-to-use, interactive map that gives you an idea of the location of bed bug infestations throughout the city.

The map was put together using open data from the city of Montreal. The data shows where exterminators declared that they had done extermination work for bedbugs.

It, therefore, may not be a totally accurate representation of where bedbugs are in the city right now, but it gives you a pretty solid estimate.


The map reveals some interesting findings.

For example, it gives us an idea of which neighbourhoods are the most affected by bed bug infestations.

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According to the data, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie has the most declared exterminations, with a total of 4,509 over the last 18 years.

This is followed by VilleraySaint-MichelParc-Extension, with 4 495 exterminations, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, with 4453 exterminations, and the Plateau, with 3 928 exterminations.

Sant Montral urges people with bed bug infestations to "act quickly to prevent bed bugs from spreading. Dont treat your home yourself: call a professional. If youre a tenant, the owner is responsible for taking care of the problem."

You can find out more about bed bug infestations on Sant Montral's website.

You can also explore the bed bug map here.

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Montreal Issues Warning For Bed Bug Infestation – MTL Blog

It's currently moving season, and with moving comes a lot of issues, unfortunately, one of those being bed bugs.

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During busy moving time the City Of Montreal frequently releases public announcements about how to prevent the spread of bed bugs in the city. As you know, bed bugs are a major concern and issue for any densely populated urban area.

As you can see, the Ville De Montreal Twitter page released this tweet reminding citizens of " adoptgood habits" when moving to be conscientious and prevent bed bug spread.

Le 1er juillet, a dmnage Montral! Adoptez les bons comportements.

July 1, 2018

You might be cringing in disgust at the moment, but know that it's a fact that bed bugs do not discriminate. Rich, poor, dirty, or clean, bed bugs feast off human blood and any home, regardless of how often the floor is swept, is the perfect breeding ground for these stubborn little critters.

Bites are usually the first sign of an infestation, and they will pop up quickly in multiples and appear similar to a mosquito bite. They are red, swollen, but they are much itchierthan a typical bug bite.

Obviously, an infestation can be 100% confirmed if you actually find some of these buggers in your bed or home. Thankfully, they are easy to spot becausethey are quite large and brown; about the size and shape of a lentil or apple seed.

If you spot a bed bug and you live in a building, it is your responsibility to contact your landlord right away. They will take the necessarynext steps to reach out to a professional to have the bug eradicatedwith no cost to the tenant.

Don't be ashamed or embarrassedto reach out to your landlord. It's their responsibilityto contact exterminators and get the issue dealt with ASAP. Preventing bed bugs from spreading takes a collective effort.

That said, when moving and picking up old furniture and clothes, it's important to take necessary steps and precautions to avoid spreading the bugs or eggs.

Read up HERE to find FAQs about bed bugs and what you can do to help prevent the spread.

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This Montreal Apartment Complex Is So Infested With Cockroaches And Rats That The Public Health Department Had To Step In – MTL Blog

If you've ever found a bug in your apartment, then you understand the fear of wondering where the thousand other little critters are hiding. Not just any bug can spark horror, but when you think about bed bugs and cockroaches it really couldn't get any worse than that.

Until you start seeing rats. This should be where the line is drawn and evacuation measures are taken. Except that they aren't. Your new roommates are now giant rodents and creepy bugs that seem to multiply overnight. This might not be the case where you live, but it's the nightmare that tenants of an apartment in Montreal-Nord have been dealing with for over a year.

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TL;DRThe Public Health Department and the City of Montreal had no choice by to launch extermination efforts on a Montreal-Nord apartment building infested with cockroaches, bed bugs and rats. Complaints have been made since 2017, but with three extermination planned this week, all vermin is expected to finally be gone. More details below.

The complaints began rolling into the City of Montreal in 2017. After more than 15 inspection visits, it was decided that work would begin in 2018 to exterminate the bugs. Follow-ups were made last year, but the issue wasn't actually solved as the city received a new complaint of the bugs and rodents just last week.

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The City of Montreal and the Public Health Department had no choice but to intervene on Monday. Since then, tenants have met with infectious disease prevention teams and social workers while the building undergoes multiple exterminations.

The tenants are unable to be relocated due to the complexity of quickly finding accomodations for everyone, especially those that have pets.

What's even more shocking in the midst of the bug infestation is that the owner of the apartment complex completely abandoned their obligations towards the building. The owner now owes payment to the Laurentian Bank. Needless to say, this is one messy situation.

Over the course of the week at least three more exterminations will take place in the building, with the Public Health Department returning next week to ensure all vermin have been exterminated.

Until then, it sounds like it's going to be an absolute nightmare for any tenants of the building. At the very least, their apartments will no longer be overrun by the unwanted critters.


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Local rescue dog sniffing out bed bug infestations – The Crag and Canyon

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Despite current public health measures, the Bow Valley is bracing itself for another busy tourist season and the Town of Banff predicts more tourists this summer than in 2020.

James Wood, owner and handler with Assured K-9 Detection Services says his rescue dog Rebel is a certified bed bug buster, and that this dog can put her training to good use and help hotel owners in the area ensure their rooms are safe, clean, and pest free.

Wood traveled to California to get Rebel last August, where she honed her canine scent detection skills over 1,000 hours of training.

I did my homework and I came across the place in California. I went down and I trained with Rebel for 100 hours, it was more teaching me how to maintain her training level.

I got her when she was almost two-years-old. I worked for 13 years in residence management and I was experienced in bed bug inspection and identification in Calgary south area. I noticed there was problem and stigma.

If news of an infestation goes public and a hotel is named as a spot that has bedbugs, it can greatly affect their brand reputation and bottom line.

Wood says its important hotel owners detect bed bug infestations early, before they become a big problem.

They are highly efficient bugs because their food is always consistent. They can lie dormant for up to a year and as soon as there is an activity they will wake up. If you have them in your bed, you can easily transfer them to your couch because they cling to your clothes. Rebel and I have gone to seniors centers and hospitals where there were serious problems, he said. Rebel can pinpoint even the smallest bed bug infestation with amazing accuracy and precision.

James explains what goes into training a dog with a job and how the two of them get to work.

Bedbug infestations can happen anywhere, not just hotel rooms. They are notorious hitchhikers, and they arent picky where they will end up, as long as there is a food source, they are parasites and feed on blood alone. You can pick them up in transit, in hostels or at five star hotels.

We are hoping to educate anyone who operates guest accommodations about the importance of regular inspections: hotel and motel owners, hospitality staff, housekeeping staff, AirBnB owners, hostels, etc.

He says detecting a bed bug infestation can save hotel owners time and money, since treating a small infestation is less costly and labor intensive than a large one.

When we locate exactly where the nest is, we help owners identify what furniture to get rid of as opposed to throwing all the furniture away. Rebel is excellent at what she does, but it takes regular training and daily exercises to keep her skills up.

There has been a lot of interest in northern and central Alberta so far. The biggest problem we are running into right now is covid-19 because hotels are empty and they dont want to invest.

They are currently the only independent canine scent detection team certified by the World Detector Dog Organization (WDDO) in Alberta.

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