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Who's Sleeping With You Tonight?

Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite...” The rhyme from our grandparents day is not a fairy tale. Bedbugs are back! Bedbugs are returning to Ontario homes and hotels with a vengeance. They had been mostly eradicated from North America when chemical control became widely available. They have returned in the luggage and belongings of travelers and are becoming a much more common and persistent pest.

Bedbugs are rarely seen during the day, but only emerge at night to take on a new feed of blood. They can survive, hidden in cracks and crevasses for up to one year at a time. They are most commonly found in seams, tufts, or folds in mattresses as well as in headboards etc.

Bites are painless and the victim does not wake from it. Bed bugs feed by piercing skin with an elongated beak. Saliva is injected, containing an anesthetic to reduce pain, and an anticoagulant to keep blood flowing. The reaction to bed bug bites varies among individuals, from no reaction to severe skin inflammation and irritation.

A bed bug infestation can be recognized by blood stains from crushed bugs or by rusty spots of excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls. Fecal spots, eggshells, and shed skins may be found in the vicinity of their hiding places. An offensive, sweet, musty odor from their scent glands may be detected when bed bug infestations are severe.

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