Toronto Public Health is not currently accepting insect samples for bed bug identification.
Bed bugs are small biting insects that can multiply quickly and travel easily.
It is possible for anyone to have an infestation of bed bugs, regardless of income or housing. Bed bugs and bed bug infestations are not considered a health hazard. However, secondary health concerns include skin infections and allergic reactions from insect bites, as well as the stress and anxiety of dealing with extreme infestations.
Preventing bed bugs from entering your home is the most important step in preventing an infestation.
Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes, and even in some public places, such as businesses and offices. Anyone can get bed bugs.
Bed bugs are small biting insects that multiply quickly and travel easily. Early identification can prevent problems before they start. Learn about how to identify bed bugs, where they live, and how to identify bed bug bites:
Whether you are a homeowner, tenant or landlord, each person has a role in the treatment process for bed bugs.
Whichever treatment is used, it will only be effective if physical control methods and preventative measures are used together.