The spread of bed bugs in Ottawa, Ontario was the feature of a short article by Daniel Proussalidis with Kristi Soble on CFRA.com, the website of CFRA radio 580.
David Saunders from Paramount Pest Control tells CFRA News the [bed bug] problem is rampant in rooming houses and hostels.
But Saunders adds it’s just as bad in homes and hotels across the capital.
“Even a year ago from right now I would get maybe a call a month or something. I’m receiving three to five calls a day for bed bugs now, ” Saunders says.
This kind of statistic, from individual PCOs, is very compelling. In the absence of government tracking of bed bug infestations, it is also all we have sometimes.
There was also some advice for travelers about avoiding bed bugs:
Saunders suggests, if you’re staying in a hotel, you can leave your luggage in your vehicle and wash your clothes at an off-site facility.
We don’t usually suggest leaving items in the car or doing laundry regardless of known exposure to bed bugs, but they are not bad ideas, not at all. Certainly easier than worrying about how to get rid of bed bugs once you have them.
Saunders suggests that
a lack of awareness about bed bugs, and areas not being treated properly have contributed to the boom over the last year.
Although these factors are obvious contributors to the spread of bed bugs, they actually aren’t articulated very often, especially in news articles which seem to gravitate towards other, hoarier chestnuts (DTT, global travel, etc.).
You can read the article here.