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Environmental Health

Animals, bugs and pets

Bed Bugs

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

  1. Collect a sample of the insect (adults are the easiest to identify).
  2. Do not crush or expose the bug to extreme heat.
  3. 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).
  4. Print and complete the submission form, attach it to the container and bring it to:

Access Peel (map)
7120 Hurontario St.
Mississauga, ON
L5W 1N4
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
905-799-7700

Please note: Live insects will not be accepted.


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