Well, here’s one of those rankings you don’t want to be on top of. Orkin Canada just released a list of Canada’s top “Bed Bug Cities” and, well, Toronto came in first. If you’ll excuse us, we’ll be disinfecting our entire home now.

But there is some good news… some? According to the 2021 ranking, “the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.”

Toronto came in first place for the third year in a row (ouch), and Vancouver rose to third spot, up one from fourth. Winnipeg had a drop falling to 9th from fifth last year.

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The findings by Orkin Canada are based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021, January 1 – December 31, the company said.

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Image via CNW Group/Orkin Canada

The top 25 bed buggiest cities in Canada in 2021 are:

  1. Toronto
  2. Sudbury
  3. Vancouver
  4. St John’s
  5. Oshawa
  6. Scarborough
  7. Moncton
  8. Saint John
  9. Winnipeg
  10. Edmonton
  11. Sault Ste. Mari
  12. Windsor
  13. Timmins
  14. Ottawa
  15. Mississauga
  16. Etobicoke
  17. Montreal
  18. Calgary
  19. Edmonton
  20. Whitby
  21. Peterborough
  22. Hamilton
  23. Halifax
  24. North Bay
  25. Burnaby

“Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around,” stated Orkin Canada in a release. “Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space.”

Well, spring is around the corner, so let’s just all agree to take spring cleaning seriously this year?