Vancouver ranks high on Canada’s top ten ‘bed bug cities’ list


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They may be creepy, crawly, and downright disgusting, but they are extremely common in Vancouver.

In fact, Vancouver ranked high on Orkin’s second annual list of top bed bug cities in all of Canada. The pest control company determines the ranking based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out in each city.

Toronto came in first, followed by Winnipeg in second and St.John’s in third. Vancouver placed fourth overall, followed by Halifax in fifth.

The rankings were based on all bed bug treatments within Canada from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

The top ten bed bug cities:

  1. Toronto
  2. Winnipeg
  3. St. John’s
  4. Vancouver
  5. Halifax
  6. Ottawa
  7. Hamilton
  8. Sudbury
  9. Windsor
  10. Scarborough


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Orkin is also advising residents that the pesky critters may find themselves new homes over the winter season. Unfortunately, bed bugs are adept hitchhikers, and they can thrive in either clean or dirty homes.

Since bed bugs are talented home-hoppers, early detection is the best way to reduce the chances of an infestation.

What to look for:
Tiny dark coloured stains, cast skins or live bed bugs.

Where to look:
Mattress tags and seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of drawers, buckling wallpaper or carpet.

Prevention Tips

  • Dry potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting possible.
  • Inspect all second-hand furniture before bringing it into your home.
  • Before returning home after travel, examine your bags, inspect your clothing and other items for bed bugs.

For more information about bed bug prevention, visit Orkin online.