City & Country Pest Control, Toronto’s Leading Pest Control and Wildlife Removal Company, Releases Back-to-School Bed Bug Tips
Despite a multi-year action plan designed to help keep the Greater Toronto Area bed bug population at bay, these pests continue to be a growing concern, according to City & Country Pest Control. On top of that, bed bugs remain one of the most difficult pests to control. As a result, bed bugs are a growing concern for tenants and students as they head back to school, says City & Country Pest Control.
“With students living in close proximity, it can be easy for bed bugs to travel from place to place,” says Horacio Parreira, owner of City & Country Pest Control. “That’s because bed bugs can be easily transferred by luggage, boxes, books, and used furniture, and can end up in dorm rooms or shared apartments. Bed bug sightings have also been confirmed in areas frequented by students, including libraries, malls, and movie theatres.”
Because bed bug infestations are becoming more common, Horacio says that it’s important for students and parents to know how to identify a bed bug and to know what to do if they find one. At about the size of a tick, adult bed bugs are relatively easy to see, but because they’re nocturnal, it’s difficult to find them actually feeding. That said, female bed bugs can lay up to seven eggs per day, and to do that, they need blood. Once the nymphs hatch, they are on the hunt for blood.
“It’s difficult to know when one has been singled out by a bed bug, because their bite is painless; that said, the skin can become irritated, inflamed, and itchy,” Horacio adds. “While it has been reported that bed bugs are not dangerous to humans, a peer-reviewed study suggests bed bugs may, in fact, be responsible for transmitting diseases.”(Source: “Bedbugs as Vectors for Drug-Resistant Bacteria,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site, June 2011; http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17/6/10-1978_article.htm.)
To ensure a dorm, apartment, or bedroom is free of bed bugs, Horacio explains, it’s important to find and kill every one of them. Because bed bugs are small and can hide virtually anywhere, this can be difficult to do. Unfortunately, off-the-shelf pesticides can make matters even worse, because bed bugs can sense chemical odours, exacerbating an already terrible situation.
“It might be easy to remove the odd bed bug, but when it comes to completely eliminating an infestation, it’s best to contact a pest control company with a proven track record of eliminating bed bugs,” Horacio concludes.
Fully licensed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and fully insured, City & Country Pest Control has been successfully providing pest eradication and humane animal and bird removal for residential, commercial, and industrial clients since 1989. Serving clients in the GTA, Golden Horseshoe, Southwestern Ontario, and all of Durham region, City & Country Pest Control prides itself on its quality work, personalized customer care, effective and proactive pest control programs; and exceeding its customers’ highest expectations. For more information on City & Country Pest Control, visit the company’s web site at www.CityandCountryPestControl.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (905) 455-1102.