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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“We are looking for the silver bullet,” bed bug expert Michael Potter, a professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, told the Wall Street Journal in a new article on America’s growing bed bug problem. Culling information from national experts, the Journal spoke to Douglas Stern, owner of Stern Environmental Group, about new methods of eradicating the noxious blood-sucking pests.
Stern has had remarkable success eliminating bed bug infestations with the amazing new Cryonite quick-freeze treatment. Popular in Europe and Australia, Cryonite stops bed bugs before they can scurry into hiding places, freezing them in their tracks and then killing them. The CO2 “frost” penetrates tiny cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide. Unlike traditional pesticide treatments and other new methods being tried by pest control companies, Cryonite is extremely effective in killing bed bugs at all stages of development: adults, larva and eggs. And Stern has found Cryonite to be totally effective against pesticide-resistant bugs that other methods won’t kill.
What distinguishes Cryonite from other new pest control methods is that it is a green, environmentally friendly, completely chemical-free and non-toxic method of eradicating bed bugs. Even immediately after treatment, your home remains safe for your family, children and pets.
I remember the first time my daughter brought home the dreaded lice letter. There were lice in her classroom. It meant wrapping coats and bookbags in plastic, nightly combings looking for nits, warnings about sharing hairbands, a moratorium on sleepovers. Lice were being spread by everything from language lab headphones to Little League batting helmets. My neighbor’s daughter brought them home from the movie theater.
It didn’t matter how clean your house was, how often you bathed and washed your hair or how diligently you kept up with the wash. If you sat where a lice-infected person had just been, the little critters crawled onto your body. They didn’t really hurt you, just itched a lot; but the ICK factor was major! And the amount of work it took to get rid of them was a nightmare.
It’s the same with bed bugs. If you grab a taxi, sit in a theater seat, catch a plane, hop on a bus, take a seat in the classroom, squeeze into a subway or stay in a hotel that has just been visited by a bed bug-infected person, chances are you’ll be itching soon yourself. Like lice, bed bugs won’t kill you, don’t live on filth and spread even faster. It’s the ICK factor that will turn your world upside down.
In its continuing attack on invading bed bugs, New York City will sponsor its third and final Bed Bug Seminar on Wednesday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hope Gardens Senior Center located at 195 Linden Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. To reserve a space and for more information, call the Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 212-863-8830. Spanish translation will be provided. The program will include:
- How to recognize bed bugs.
- How to prevent bed bug infestations.
- How to eliminate bed bugs from your home.
“Bed bugs do not discriminate and we must do everything we can to stop the spread of the epidemic in our city,” said Council Member Miguel Martinez.
Bed bug complaints have increased across all of New York’s boroughs. Last year the city logged 6,889 infestation complaints and cited 2,008 building owners. Among the worst hit areas are Bushwick, Astoria, Long Island City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Central Harlem.
We urge you to attend this city-sponsored bed bug seminar or visit our website to learn more about bed bugs. Stern Environmental now offers the chemical-free, green Cryonite system, the only treatment that kills adult bugs, larva and eggs simultaneously. If you get bed bugs, call Stern immediately. We are the Bed Bug Experts!
Bed bugs are nasty little hitchhikers who will cadge a ride into your home on clothing, used furniture, cardboard boxes, luggage — anything they’ve come in contact with. You can pick them up at a hotel on your next business trip. You can get them from a cab or an airplane seat that was just used by an infested person. So how do you keep them from getting into your home and making your life miserable? Take these steps to help keep your home bed bug-free:
- Don’t bring an old mattress, box springs, sofa, carpeting or other secondhand items into your home. If you see it on the street, leave it there.
- When you check into a hotel, pull back the bedding. Inspect the mattress seams and headboard area. If you find tiny black specks, ask for another room or change hotels. Make sure your new room is not directly above or below the infested room; that’s the first place bed bugs will spread.
- When traveling, put your suitcase on a rack, not the floor. Don’t put it on the bed where bed bugs might crawl in. When you get home, unpack away from your bed and don’t store your suitcase in the bedroom. If you use a soft carryall, give it a quick spin in a hot dryer.