According to 10 TV News in Columbus, Ohio there has been a growing bed bug problem in Franklin County. There have been two major infestations of bed bugs within the county but the Franklin County Board of Health unveiled a task force in hopes that it will decrease the amount of bed bug infestations.
According to an exterminator who lives and works in Ohio, Andrew Christman, business has been extremely busy due to cases of bed bugs. Within a month the company he works for sees around 30 to 40 bed bug cases. Christman expects the cases to double within the next year. 10 TV News reporter Andy Hirsch also mentioned that the Ohio Exterminating Company had nine service calls for Thursday alone.
The Franklin County Board of Health believes that people think bed bugs are caused from being dirty or a poor housekeeper when in fact it has nothing to do with it. That is often why people are embarrassed that they have bed bugs. The board also wants to avoid what is happening in Cincinnati, which is a huge bed bug epidemic. Bed bugs are found everywhere from homes, schools and even fire and police stations.
Bed bugs are often called “hitchhikers” which is why it is extremely important to contact an exterminator right away if you wake up with bites or spot a bed bug in your home. Bed bugs can multiply extremely quickly which in turn cases a greater risk of spreading bed bugs to other parts of your home or having guests bring bed bugs back to their homes. Luckily bed bugs don’t cause any diseases but their bites are noted as extremely itchy and in some cases painful. Scratching may also cause and infection.
Though exterminators on the east side of Franklin County have reported to gain control over bed bugs experts still agree the overall problem is going to get progressively worse unless something else is done.