Most common pests in Toronto

Pest control in Toronto becomes perilous during spring and summer. Around this time the weather gets warmer and there’s an influx in bed bugs, cockroaches, wasps, rodents and many more. This guide provides details of six common pests in Toronto, their health risks, and how to prevent them.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brownish parasites that feed of the blood of humans and animals. They get their name from their habit of feeding on human blood in their beds while they are fast asleep. In Toronto, they are so prevalent; it earned a reputation as the bed bug capital of Canada. They multiply and spread quickly, and it is estimated that a single bed bug female can produce up to 200 eggs in her lifetime.

How do I keep Bed Bugs Away?

  • Locate infected area, and clean it with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Hire a professional pest control company
  • Make it habit to inspect any received packages before taking them into your household.
  • Regularly washing and drying your clothes and bedsheets will kill bed bugs and their eggs.


Cockroaches are perhaps the most popular insects in the world – but not for good reasons. These invasive insects have two central-nervous systems, one located in the head and another in its tail. This unique body set up helps them survive under the most difficult conditions. To survive, cockroaches need access to water and a damp, warm place to breed.

How to Keep Cockroaches Away

  • Consult a professional pest control service
  • Make it a habit to regularly clean your kitchen surfaces and cabinets.
  • Ensure you eliminate water spills in your home, including your sinks, floor, and bathtub area.


Ants might seem pretty harmless; however, when ignored, they could cause damages worth thousands of dollars. Ants will invade your home or property looking for food rich in starch and protein. A common ant species that are notorious for structural damage is the Carpenter Ant. They are also capable of causing illnesses to humans when they contaminate your food and water.

How to Prevent Ants

  • Consult the services of a reputable and professional pest control services.
  • Keep your trash can and waste bags sealed and protected.
  • Regularly check your home from cracks and open
  • Avoid leaving pet food, leftovers and other food sources exposed in the open
  • Make it a habit to regularly clean your home and surfaces


The housefly is a well-known pest that is common both in the home and farm. They are about 3mm to 9mm long and have two sets of wings. The first pair of wings is for flight while the second pair is for balance. These insects generally feed on leftovers and rotting food. Houseflies are responsible for at least 65 transmitted diseases according to the WHO (World Health Organization)

How to Prevent Flies

  • Avoid leaving food exposed in your kitchen or home.
  • Make it a habit to clean your kitchen daily
  • Check your home for cracks and spaces and seal them off with fly screens.
  • Consult the services of a professional pest removal service


Rats and mice and a growing concern in Toronto. Rats, as well as other tiny rodents, can cause significant damage to your property if ignored. Rats and mice will not only spread disease-causing bacteria if they bite or leave contaminated droppings around your home.

How to Prevent Rats and other Rodents

  • Hire a professional pest removal service
  • Regularly check your property for entry points
  • Avoid leaving pet food or other foods in your outdoor spaces
  • Maintaining a clutter-free and clean home.


Wasps are very common in Toronto. They are aggressive, invasive, and will overstay their welcome. Wasp bites are painful at the best of times, worst-case scenario, they can cause deadly allergies.

How to Keep Wasps Away

  • Contract the services of a professional pest removal service
  • Regularly check your property for entry points
  • Make sure your windows, doors, vinyl, and vents are properly sealed off.
  • Ensure your environment is regularly cleaned and your trash cans are properly sealed and secured.


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