Fact: Even the best housekeeper can have a bed bug problem. However, clutter can greatly interfere with control efforts.
Bed bugs are mentioned in:
Fact: Bed bugs are small, but they can be seen without a microscope. It helps to know what you are looking for.
By Adam Lisberg / DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
New York’s bedbug infestation is getting worse, with almost 10,000 complaints to the city last year – one-third higher than the year before…
“Although, at present, there is no evidence of a major infestation or harborage within NYC school buildings, these tiny insects have been occasionally showing up, mainly on clothing.”
By A. Montefinise and K. Boniello / New York PostApril 1, 2007
34 bed bug cases at 24 public schools in Oct. and Nov. 2006
72 bed bug cases at 43 public schools in Jan. and Feb. 2007
Nymphs (immature bugs)
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
The Ohio State University
Not caused by bad housekeeping!!! Not a sign of uncleanliness!!
Recognize the telltale signs of bed bugs
Take measures to reduce the risk of bed bug infestation
Prevent bugs from spreading to new sites
Did you check for signs of bed bugs in your hotel/motel room when you last traveled?
Make it STANDARD PRACTICE to check for bed bugs in hotel/motel rooms!
Reduce the chances of getting bed bugs from hotel/motel rooms!
Don’t bring infested items home!
Fact: If untreated, the bed bug problem will become MUCH worse.
If bed bug evidence is found: STOP!!!
Immediately contact a professional pest control company for treatment.
Use a licensed, reputable pest management professional that has considerable experience treating for bed bugs.
ODA website lists licensed pest control companies and applicators
OH Dept. of Agriculture Pesticide Regulation Section
(614) 728 – 6987 or 1 (800) 282 – 1955
Exterior of the building
Interior of the building
Launder bedding, clothing, etc.
DO NOT apply insecticides to
Products containing DEET have not been shown to repel bed bugs
Boric Acid Products
OSU Extension Fact Sheets:
HYG-2105 (Bed Bugs)
HYG-2105A (Bat Bugs)
Photos courtesy of Dale Hodgson, Rose Pest Solutions, Inc.