Orkin Canada: Saskatchewan mattress bug numbers down in 2020

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Bed bug numbers have fallen in Saskatchewan and across Canada, according to a 2020 study by pest control company Orkin Canada.

The annual study found a 20 percent decrease in bud bug reports, the largest decrease in five-year history.

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A local spokesman believes these numbers were directly affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“(The bed bugs) will usually hitchhike and move with their hosts, which unfortunately we are,” said Justin Browne, Orkin Saskatchewan branch manager.

“With this reduction (moving from place to place) and quarantining people, bed bugs have been able to move less.”

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Like the rest of the country, Saskatchewan has seen a decrease in reported bed bug cases, but this year it was also the first time the province added two cities to the list, with Saskatoon arriving at 23 and Regina at 24.

“When you get into some of the denser populations where people live more in condominiums, there are more opportunities to spread because they’re more at home,” Browne said.

2020 is the third year Bridge City is on the list, landing at 22 in both 2017 and 2019.

While this is only the second appearance for Queen City, Regina came into play in 2018 at 22.



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