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Bed bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are insects with oval-shaped bodies and no wings. Bed bugs usually bite at night and will bite all over, especially around the face, neck, upper torso, arms and hands.

There are currently no known cases of infectious disease transmitted to people by bed bug bites.

What does a bite look like?

Like other places around the world, Ontario is seeing a growing number of bed bug infestation reports. The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Ontario’s health units are working together to educate people, facility managers and landlords on how to identify bed bug infestations and what actions they can take.

Watch the videos and review the MOHLTC resources below for further information.


More resources on bed bugs

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has published a wealth of resources on bed bugs. Click on the links below to read fact sheets, tips and strategies for mitigating bed bugs. 

Bed Bug Bites – Are bed bug bites a threat to my health?  

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet

Bed Bugs Myths

Bed Bugs Travel Tips

Bed Bug Tenant Rights

Bed Bugs and Occupational Health

An integrated pest management program for managing bed bugs

Pest Control Information – How to hire, work with and prepare for a pest control company

If you think you have a bed bug infestation, please call Oxford County Public Health and ask to speak to a Public Health Inspector: 519-421-9901 or 1-800-922-0096.