About COBBTF 2017-09-14T21:33:24+00:00

Who We Are

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.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is made up of individuals with a wide range of expertise regarding bed bug infestations. To send comments to the steering committee, please contact us.

  • Andrew Christman, Ohio Pest Management Association, The Ohio Exterminating Co. Inc.
  • John Vidosh, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
  • Kelly Robbins, Four Paws K-9 Detection
  • Krista McAfee, Columbus Code Enforcement
  • Lee Johnson, Bed Bug Inspector, LLC
  • Susan Jones, Dr. Ohio State University Extension Office
  • Cyndi Yost, Disability Rights Ohio

Task Force Partners

•Advanced Pest Control, Inc.
•Bug Bakers of Columbus
•Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
•City of Columbus
•City of Dublin
•City of Grove City
•City of Hilliard
•City of Gahanna
•City of Whitehall
•Columbus Public Schools
•Columbus Code Enforcement
•Columbus Division of Fire
•Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
•Columbus Public Health
•Columbus Urban League
•CPO Management
•Creative Housing, Inc.
•Delaware General Health District
•Dragoon and Associates Property Management
•Dublin City Schools
•Environmental Pest Management
•Four Paws K9 Detection
•Franklin County Public Health

•Franklin Co. Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
•Franklin County Children’s Services
•Franklin County Office on Aging
•Franklin County Senior Options
•Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
•Gahanna – Jefferson Public Schools
•Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau
•Hands On Central Ohio
•House Physicians of Ohio
•Huckleberry House, Inc.
•Interim Health Care
•Jackson Township Fire Department
•Jackson Township Trustees
•The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
•LifeCare Alliance
•Madison County Health Department
•Madison Township (Franklin County) Fire Department
•Mount Carmel Health System – St Anne’s Hospital
•Mount Carmel Health System – Mount Carmel West
•Mount Carmel Health System – Mount Carmel East
•Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
•OH Dept. of Commerce, Division of Industrial Compliance
•Ohio Department of Health
•Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services
•Ohio Exterminating Company
•Ohio Health Care Association
•Ohio Legal Rights Service
•Ohio Pest Management Association
•Ohio Poverty Law Center
•Ohio State University Extension
•The Ohio State University
•The Ohio State University Legal Clinic
•OhioHealth Doctors Hospital West
•OhioHealth Grant hospital
•OhioHealth Riverside Hospital
•Ohio Health Dublin Methodist Hospital
•Premier Pest Control
•Reynoldsburg City Schools
•Roger C Perry Company
•Rose Pest Solutions
•St Agatha School
•South-Western City Schools
•Ohio Department of Commerce, State Fire Marshal Inspection Bureau
•Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
•Truro Township Fire Department.
•Upper Arlington City Schools
•Varment Guard
•Veterans Administration
•Washington Twp Fire Dept
•Washington Twp Trustees
•Westerville City Schools
•Whitehall City Schools
•Worthington Fire Department
•Wright State University