Like mosquitoes, bed bugs bite people and drink a blood meal. Unlike mosquitoes, they are not known to transmit any human diseases. They can, however, cause itching, skin rashes, and distress.
Bed bugs spread as people carry them into their homes, often in infested luggage, clothing, used furniture, or bedding.
Bedbugs can show up in anyones home, school or business. But in general, multi-unit housing is a more common place for a bed bug infestation, such as hotels, dorms, shelters and apartments. Infestations usually are not a reflection of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping.
While any resident can be affected by bed bugs, the greatest impact is often felt by people with the least resources to deal with the problem, which can be time consuming and expensive.
ZMCHD Beg Bug Activities
· Consultation/referrals by staff to residents or organizations affected by bedbugs
· Web information
Email Matt Hemmer, RS or call 454-9741 extension 232.
Resources and Links
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