Canadian Public Health Inspectors Warn Infestations on the Rise
TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - A survey of Canadian Public Health
Inspectors shows a dramatic rise in bed bug infestations across Canada,
with apartment buildings identified as the leading location for bed
bugs, followed by private homes, government office buildings and
A survey of 67 Canadian public health inspectors conducted by COMPAS
Research, on behalf of Abell Pest Control, indicates reports of bed bug
infestations have risen anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent over the past
three years, with an average annual increase of 8 per cent.
"When our public health inspectors warn that infestations are on the
rise, Canada is clearly losing the battle against bed bugs," said John
Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "This is a red flag that both
government and industry must have a better strategy for controlling bed
bugs. Given that fewer than a dozen bed bugs can multiply into 1,000
adults in just over two months, there's no time to waste."
The survey of Canada's public health inspectors also indicates that
apartment building managers do not have sufficient training or
resources to deal with bed bug infestations. They also cite a lack of
public knowledge, and little government focus on the impact bed bugs
have on people, as major sources of frustration. Almost 6 in 10 health
inspectors consider pest control industry expertise and training to be
the most valuable resource in the battle against bed bugs.
In 2012, Abell received a 140 per cent increase in bed bug enquires
compared to 2010, with most enquiries from major centres including
Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
"The reality is that bed bugs aren't just a big city issue," added
Abell. "A growing number of bed bug enquiries are now from small and
medium sized communities across Canada, where bed bugs are also gaining
a foot hold."
Abell Pest Control is a Canadian leader in pest control, offering
Canadian businesses and homeowners effective, safe and dependable pest
control services since 1924. To learn more about Abell's bed bug
training and prevention program visit: www.freebedbugtraining.com.
SOURCE: Abell Pest Control
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