Environmental Health

image_bedbugs280.jpgBed Bugs


Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat, rusty-red colored oval bodies. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, they are big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, or walls. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become brighter red. They can live for several months without feeding on a host.

Most bed bug bites are initially painless, but later turn into large, itchy skin welts. These welts do not have a red spot in the center as do the bites from fleas.

Although bed bugs and their bites are a nuisance, they are not known to spread diseases.

Health Department Beg Bug Activities

Consultation/referrals by staff to residents or organizations affected by bedbugs

Provide information (fact sheets, website links)


Email Matt Hemmer, RS or call 454-9741 extension 232.



Battling Bed Bugs Safely: A Guide to Preventing & Eliminating Bed Bugs 

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force      

Ohio Department of Health fact sheet 

Ohio State University Extension fact sheet 

National Center for Healthy Housing - Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing 

US EPA fact sheet