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Bed Bugs Found In Ohio State University Dorm Rooms

At Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, some dorms are being hit with an infestation of bedbugs (Cimex lectularius). Students and administration don’t want them and have closed sections of some dorms to treat the problem, according to recent news coverage by WBNS-10TV, http://www.10tv.com/?story=sites/10tv/content/pool/200710/582502406.html
Bedbug infestations are increasing not only in Ohio, but throughout the country.

Some cities have even set up hotlines to call. In New York City, it’s 311. These pesky insects should not live in any dorm, or hotel, hospital, nursing home or place where humans sleep.
Although bedbugs are not known to transmit deadly diseases, their bites can cause intense itching and discomfort.

Attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide, bedbugs dine on human blood and typically leave a distinctive pattern of bites. The bites, often in groups of three or in a line, appear as flat red welts that can cause intense uncomfortable itching. Bedbugs prefer to feed in the pre-dawn hours. Normally we don’t know they’ve been around until the itching starts and drives us bonkers.

Yes, you can see them. Small, flat and oval with brown or rusty coloring, bedbugs are about one-eighth to one quarter of an inch in size. They easily fit through tiny cracks and wall spaces and can be carried into our sleeping space by ordinary means -clothes, furniture, cardboard boxes, luggage etc. They are not attracted so much by dirt and filth as by our exhaled carbon dioxide and warm blood. Often the bedbugs leave black tarry or brown rusty specks in sheets or mattresses as evidence of their feeding.

No, bedbugs should not live in your dorm, or any place else you live. You can best treat the problem by calling a professional who can give advice on prevention and get rid of the bedbugs.

Bed Bugs in New York City? Call 311, the Bed Bug Hot Line if You Dare

Believe it or not, there is actually a hot line in New York City where tenants can call to report bed bugs. You can report bed bugs by dialing 311. Unfortunately many tenants are reluctant to call no matter how bad their problem is and even though landlords are responsible for treating infested apartments.

The big questions are “Why don’t these people want to call?”. Well, rumor has it that some landlords can allegedly check the list of people who have complained and then black listed the tenants so they can’t find a place to rent.

The way that tenants escape from bed bug infested apartments is generally by breaking their lease and moving. The only safe way to warn future tenants, they feel, is by posting the infested address on the “Bed Bug City” or “Bed Bug Registry” website that lists bed bug infested rental apartments and hotels. What you see if you go to Bed Bug City is a Google map of New York City (they also have one for Boston) with bug icons at addresses where these pests have been reported.

Both are useful websites. If you are looking to either report an infestation or want to rent an apartment, you should definitely check them. Nevertheless, it would be much better if bed bugs were treated like the public health issue they are and not some shameful secret tenants and landlords try to hide from.

Professionals know how to get rid of bed bugs and prevent recurrent infestations. It is good business to cal them if you discover or have a reported problem with them so the pros can take care of the problem right away before it gets worse.