Canada’s bed bug problem is worse than ever! The frequency of reports have increased 20% over the past year. Initially bugs were more commonly an urban problem. However, they’ve spread to rural and less-populated areas in recent years. A common misconception is that bed bugs are associated with socioeconomic status. This is definitely not true!
The peak season for bed bugs is during summer months, when the weather is warmer. During this season, from June – October, the bugs reproduce faster. Bed bugs are usually hidden, and can be easily transferred from bags and clothing.
Ontario’s bed bug information site offers tips for identifying and dealing with a bed bug infestation at home. The site also offers tips for avoiding a bed bug infestation in the first place. Their recommendations include keeping your home clean and vacuumed. It is also important to seal any cracks in your home to prevent bugs from entering. In addition, be sure to inspect any clothing you bring home.
Summer is also a busy time for travelling and tourism. While travelling, be sure to inspect hotel bedsheets for blood spots and other signs of bugs. Keep your clothing in sealed bags and ensure to check your luggage before leaving.
Take precaution! Keep an eye out for the bed begs – they enjoy the summer too.