PEST PROBLEMS: Canadians despise bed bugs, rats most, survey says

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Bed bugs and rats, oh my god.

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These are the most common pest problems searched online by Toronto residents.

In Canada, online searches for pest control increased 200% in the past 12 months, according to a report from Confused.com.

Toronto residents are the most struggling with bed bugs, and they performed 1,300 “how to get rid of bed bugs” searches, according to the report.

Of all the pest problems analyzed in the country, these bed bugs had an average of 8,100 monthly “how to get rid of bed bugs” searches.

This is an increase of 49% over the last year.

Getting rid of rats is the second most common pest problem affecting Canadian homes with 8,100 artificial trap searches a month.

But the search for rat traps has only increased 23% over the past year.

In Toronto, an average of 880 online searches for rat traps were performed each month.

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The people of Toronto searched for ways to get rid of these pests an average of 720 times a month.

Experts say that getting rid of these pests must be done as soon as possible, as an infestation can reduce the value of the home by up to 20%.

If an infestation is allowed, the house could be worth up to $ 33,000 less due to pest infestation.

Insurance companies don’t always cover the entire cost of removing pests or repairing damage.

“Homeowners and renters should read the fine print on their policy details as different providers have different definitions of what a ‘pest’ is. For example, removal of a beehive may not be insured while a mouse infestation is more likely, ”said Jessica Willock, a home insurance expert at Confused.com.

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Howard Bright, president and founder of Anti-Pesto Bug Killers, said to keep pests out, keeping a clean home is important as pests are attracted to food sources like dirty dishes, leftover food, and unsealed containers.

Unless you plan on hiring a pro, experts recommend that baits and traps are a good DIY option for getting rid of pests.

Liquid concentrates can get rid of pests overnight.

Once diluted with water, liquid concentrates can be sprayed into the cracks and crevices of your home where pests are most common.

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