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Animals, bugs and pets

Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Identification Service

Peel Public Health has established a Bed Bug Identification Service to assist you in confirming infestations. If you are not sure if the insect in your home is a bed bug, a public health inspector can assist.

Email Peel Public Health (include a photograph of the insect) or call 905-799-7700 to speak with a Public Health Inspector. Results will be kept confidential.

When to contact Peel Public Health

  • If you experience bites at night
  • If you have seen an insect resembling any of the stages within the bed bug lifecycle pictured.
  • If you have found blood spots on your bedding as indicated in the picture.

Bed bug lifecycle

Photo used with permission from Stephen L. Doggett

Bed bugs and blood spots

Photo used with permission from M. Potter, University of Kentucky

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