Health and Community Services

Insect Infestations

Bed Bugs

Over the past few years there has been a reemergence of bed bugs in North America. Bed bugs are small biting insects that multiply quickly and travel easily. An infestation can cause anxiety, secondary infections, allergic reactions and financial hardship. Multi-unit dwellings, including hotels, apartments, hostels, shelters, student residences and rooming houses, are high-risk locations for bed bug infestations.

If you are concerned about a bed bug infestation you can call an Environmental Health Officer with the Department of Government Services.

For additional information on bed bugs, please refer to the following information developed by Toronto Public Health on bed bug identification, treatment and prevention.

For the public

  • Avoiding bed bug 'hitch hikers'
  • Bed bug fact sheet (available in many languages)
  • Bed bug information for tenants
  • Myths and facts about bed bugs
  • What to do..if you live in a building with bed bugs
  • Landlords and Property Managers

  • Bed bug information for landlords and property managers
  • Bed bug treatment preparation
  • Bed bug treatment protocols for landlords
  • Integrated Pest Management to control bed bugs
  • Top 10 tips for landlords to keep bed bugs away
  • From Health Canada:

  • Effective Control of Bed Bugs, Health Canada
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