Here’s how to leave bedbugs behind when you travel: expert – CTV

Oct. 10, 2023

Amid a large bedbug infestation in France, experts say there are ways avoid bringing the pests home with you.

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that feast on human and animal blood, (opens in a new tab)Health Canada says. They are about 10 millimetres long, oval-shaped and have a flat body.

The bugs swept through Paris during Fashion Week. Videos circulating online show the insects in public spaces like buses, trains and movie theatres.

Experts say bedbugs don’t pass from person to person but instead climb into bags, shoes and other items of clothing, which can spread the infestation.

Although the outbreak is impacting France, cities in Canada could see something similar if the bugs are left to feast, Dale Kurt, Greater Toronto Area manager at Orkin Canada, said.

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