The Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force formed in November, 2008 in response to the growing number of bed bug infestations that were being reported in Columbus and Franklin County. The Task force is an all – volunteer organization, and members of the Task Force include representatives of many of the communities in Franklin, Delaware and Madison Counties, as well as local social service agencies, health departments, fire departments, schools, pest management professionals, and representatives of the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Health, and the Ohio State University and Wright State University.
Bed bug infestations were uncommon in the United States during the post World War Two era because there were many insecticides available that could effectively kill them. However, some of pesticides were found to have serious environmental consequences, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency restricted them from widespread use or banned them altogether. Unfortunately, the chemicals that are still available for indoor use are ineffective, because bed bugs have evolved resistance to them.
Bed bugs are adept crawlers who move quickly and can hide in very small spaces, so it is easy to transport them from one place to another. Infestations are often spread when a bed bug crawls onto someone’s clothing or shoes, and they are carried with them to their home or business.
Reports of bed bug infestations in Greater Columbus increase every year. It doesn’t matter where you live in Central Ohio. Someone that you know has had to deal with these pests.
At this time, bed bugs are not thought to able to transmit blood-borne diseases. However, there is some limited evidence that their presence may increase the risk of MRSA infections.
The mission of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force is to educate Central Ohio residents about bed bugs, bed bug prevention, and the best methods of getting rid of the bugs. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the number of infestations that occur in Central Ohio by providing accurate information about bed bugs, how to prevent infestations, and how to properly and effectively treat them if an infestation occurs.