In 2014, experts deemed Canada’s bed bug problem to be worse than ever, with the frequency of bed bug reports increasing 20 per cent over the previous year.
Canada wasn’t alone.
Countries around the world saw increases in beg bug infestations.
The United States has been dealing with increases in bed bugs for several years, and saw an 18 per cent increase in bed bug business nationwide, with nearly half of cities reporting a rise in treatments.
Chicago was Orkin pest control’s most infected city for 2014, the third year in a row the city has “won” the dubious honour, with Detroit, Columbus, Los Angeles and Cleveland rounding out the top five.
French authorities reported that 2014 had the highest levels of bed bug infestation in France’s history, reaching levels that were so bad some homes became unlivable. Paris, Nice, Marseilles and Alsace all saw significant infestations, in Alsace, an entire 53 apartment block had to be treated.
In Switzerland, a Genevan pest control company saw bed bug related calls jump from four in 2013 to over 1,500 in 2014.
Officials in Madrid, Spain found that bed bug infestations have risen by 70 per cent over the last five years, bordering on an “epidemic” in the city.
Pest control experts in Cape Town, South Africa reported a 61 per cent increase in bed bug related inquiries and the city saw outbreaks in its hostels.
China has also seen a resurgence in bed bug populations, with 23 provinces reporting infestations in 2013 and reports of visible bed bug infestations on the nation’s major rail route between Beijing and Shanghai.
Melbourne, Australia also saw an outbreak of bed bug infestations that stretched across the suburbs and into the city.
When you travel, make sure you do your research! Check out the cities and towns your visiting, check online reviews of your hotels and do a room-check to make sure you don’t bring any unwanted guests back home!
If you do notice signs of bed bugs in your home, do not hesitate contact a local bed bug exterminator in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Cambridge
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