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Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot
Ohio Becomes a Bedbug Infestation Hot Spot

Ohio has earned the dubious reputation of becoming a hot spot for bloodsucking bed bugs. That’s not the type of reputation any state wants as it negatively impacts business owners, residents, and travelers.

Ohio is on the Hot Seat

The word “epidemic” is being used frequently to describe the current situation in Ohio. While bed bug infestations occur around the United States, some of the northeastern cities in Ohio have taken on epic proportions of these wily and secretive pests.

Dayton, Columbus, Canton, and Akron are a few of the hardest hit cities and nowhere is immune. Bed bugs have been spotted in schools, doctor offices, and retail stores, just to name a few.

Bed bugs are adept at moving from location to location. Signs of bed bugs, besides the itchy bites, include the yellow skins these pests have shed, and dark stains on sheets, comforters, and mattresses. They hide in dark secure places such as between couch cushions, inside crevices along baseboards, stored boxes, backpacks, and even loose wallpaper.

If you want to avoid being known as the “hottest ticket in town” for bed bugs, get NJ pest control professionals involved. Their expert knowledge and bed bug savvy techniques can ensure a bed-bug-free environment. For an inspection and plan of action, contact Stern Environmental to schedule one of our NJ pest control technicians to give your home the once-over for finding potential pesky problems.

Cincinnati, Ohio Plans Bed Bug Attack

Cincinnati, Ohio public health officials are joining forces with surrounding counties to fight bed bugs in the southwestern Ohio region. “We already know it’s a regional issue,” Camille Jones, assistant Cincinnati health commissioner, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s going to end up being a statewide issue.” Health officials in Cincinnati and Hamilton County plan to target landlords, tenants and secondhand-furniture sellers.

What’s happening in Cincinnati mirrors the growing bed bug problem being reported across the country. In 2004, only two bed bug complaints were reported to Hamilton County health officials. By 2006 that number had increased to 167 complaints. Last year complaints skyrocketed to 800, and this year the county is afraid that number could nearly double.

Cincinnati area health officials plan to combat the bed bug invasion by educating residents, landlords, thrift stores and secondhand furniture stores on how to prevent bed bugs and what to do when they occur. A bed bug hotline to assist in tracking infestations is under development. Training for pest-control operators is being investigated to ensure their knowledge of proven bed bug eradication techniques like the revolutionary green bed bug solution Cryonite. Enforcement actions are being considered that may entail changes to city and county ordinances and Ohio state law.

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