They’re creepy little biters and they’re everywhere — London, Bayfield, Exeter, Sarnia and Goderich.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking into hotels, apartments and houses more and more every year.
“It’s definitely increasing and it’s been increasing substantially over the last six to seven years in the London area,” said Ryan Sawyer, owner of Sawyer Pest Management.
“People don’t understand where it’s going. It appears to be getting worse every year.”
While bed bugs once were found mostly in hotels or high-density housing, Sawyer said he receives many more calls from residents of single-family homes, townhouses and condos about them.
He has seen infestations so bad people were sleeping in their bathtubs and balconies to get away from the bugs.
“When you go into some place and people are sleeping on their balconies . . . you really have to feel for people,” he said.
Last month, a Sarnia police office responding to a call to assist a man in medical distress found bed bugs crawling on him.
This month, Lambton County council passed a motion to hold a public meeting on the growing problem. A staff report is expected next month.
Five years ago, Sawyer received one call a month from someone fearing they had bed bugs. Now, he gets two or three a day.
The story is the same at the Middlesex London Health Unit, where calls about bed bugs have doubled in two years.
Four years ago, the London Middlesex Housing Corp., pest control budget was $25,000.
Now, it’s more than $300,000 — all because of bed bugs………..SEE MORE