Peel's Bed Bug Services
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, you can bring it in to be identified by a public health inspector. Results will be kept confidential.
When to Submit a Sample
- If you experienced bites at night
- If you have seen an insect resembling any of the stages within the bed bugs lifecycle pictured below
- If you found blood spots on your bedding as indicated in the picture below
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
How to Submit a Sample
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- Collect a sample of the insect (adults are the easiest to identify).
- Do not crush or expose the bug to extreme heat.
- Put dead insect(s) in a clear airtight container (e.g., baby food jar, pill box). If alive, add rubbing alcohol to the container to kill the insect(s).
- Print and complete the submission form, attach it to the container and bring it to:
7120 Hurontario St.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please note: Live insects will not be accepted.