Anyone who's ever had bed bugs know that the tiny creatures can cause a massive headache. Bed bugs bite you in your sleep like tiny little parasites, and the mere thought of that can lead to quite a few sleepless nights if you're dealing with an infestation.

It's therefore reasonable that people want to know where bedbugs are found in the city, especially when they're thinking about moving to a new building. According to Santé Montreal, "between 2010 and 2014, about 3% (22,000) of households a year had bed bugs."

Luckily, Open Data 101 Montreal has put together an easy-to-use, interactive map that gives you an idea of the location of bed bug infestations throughout the city.

The map was put together using open data from the city of Montreal. The data shows where exterminators declared that they had done extermination work for bedbugs.

It, therefore, may not be a totally accurate representation of where bedbugs are in the city right now, but it gives you a pretty solid estimate.

The map reveals some interesting findings.

For example, it gives us an idea of which neighbourhoods are the most affected by bed bug infestations


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According to the data, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie has the most declared exterminations, with a total of 4,509 over the last 18 years.

This is followed by Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, with 4 495 exterminations, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, with 4453 exterminations, and the Plateau, with 3 928 exterminations.

Santé Montréal urges people with bed bug infestations to "act quickly to prevent bed bugs from spreading. Don’t treat your home yourself: call a professional. If you’re a tenant, the owner is responsible for taking care of the problem."

You can find out more about bed bug infestations on Santé Montréal's website.

You can also explore the bed bug map here.

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