Preventing bed bugs: How to keep these Toronto pests out of your apartment

On May 3rd we will be publishing an infographic and blog about how bed bugs are a growing problem in Toronto apartments, despite efforts to keep them under control. In fact, bed bug instances were increasing in apartments even more than in hotels, motels and hostels.

If you’ve got bed bugs in your Toronto apartment, read our blog and infographic about how to get rid of them.

If you don’t have bed bugs, this article is for you.

How to prevent bed bugs

For apartment-dwellers, or future apartment-dwellers, preventing bed bugs is harder than for most people. Because we share walls, we’re affected by whether or not our neighbours have bed bugs.

Still, there are steps you can take to keep bed bugs out of your Toronto apartment.


Apartment buildings with shared laundry rooms are a major place where bed bugs can move between units, by getting into your laundry from your neighbours’ clothes and sheets.

Prevent bed bugs in the laundry room by:

  • Bringing your laundry down in a plastic bag.
  • Removing your items from the dryer and placing them directly into a new plastic bag.
  • Folding your laundry in your apartment.


Vacuuming often helps eliminate bed bug eggs. Vacuum your couch, mattress, pillows, curtains, throw blankets and any other soft surfaces.


Check your house for bed bugs and their feces (ew!). Bed bugs are about the size of a grain of rice and can be white, dark brown, tan or burnt orange colour.


Buy a protective plastic cover for your mattress and box spring. Get one that is a high quality material so it won’t rip.


Bed bugs hate sunlight, so they’ll hide in dark spaces. Reducing the amount of clutter in your apartment eliminates bed bug hiding spots.


Block bed bugs from getting into your unit from neighbouring apartments by sealing it off. Install door sweeps at the base of your front door. Seal cracks and tiny openings around door frames, baseboards, window sills, light sockets and walls.

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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