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.

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  1. barbara lyon says:

    Bollinger Tower senior housing. 750 N High st is infested with bed bugs. Have you any other complaints?

  2. lisa says:

    My daughter lives in forest creek apartments on eakin road in west Columbus and her whole place has bed bugs. her building started out with the unit next to her then spread to the whole building. the property manger told her she had to pay because there is no proof she did bring them in. while everyone knows where they cone from. it just not right. the complex is just to cheap to pay for it.

  3. Kate says:

    It’s awful reading about everyone who has/is suffering from bedbugs. My family and I lease an apartment in North Columbus and are suffering from them. Luckily we have wonderful landlords and as soon as I informed them it was a matter of minutes I received a call from the exterminator to set up an initial inspection. I couldn’t imagine scramming to come up with the amount of money to properly handle the situation. Thank you John and R&S Reality.

  4. jasmine says:

    Don’t move to forest creek apartments. I believe they lied to me and told me they didn’t have a bed bug infestation because I now have them!

  5. Tina says:

    What they should do Lee is prepare their employees by training them about the growing bed bug problem and how to prevent, and treat, a bed bug infestation.

  6. Lee says:

    I’m a home health worker. My clients on the East side of Columbus have had bed bug infestations several times. Then the workers in the client’s homes took them home, now they have them!! Covenant House is the company who services these MRDD group homes! Too cheap to pay for the group homes to be treated, until EVERYONE has them! Shame on you!

  7. Rachelle says:

    We had bed bugs and nothing worked I bought hot shot bed bug spray…I have tried it all the plastic mattress covers nothing help…..UNTIL we bought some Diatomaceous Earth…. Thank GOD NO MORE bed bugs…we did not have the money for an exterminator we are on a fixed income…. Diatomaceous Earth… within 48 hours no more bed bugs… I don’t understand why health dept and more people are not aware of this stuff… It is a true GOD send and it only costs about $12 for 6lbs… We bought it at a feed supply store… spread it on the carpet around the legs of the bed took off mattress and box springs took a paint brush and brushed it all over the bed and box springs, along the base board in the room in all nooks and cranies…Look it up on the internet Diatomacesous Earth… I can now sleep in my bed again without bed bugs. It is same for pets and humans….

  8. eric says:

    my apartment complex is loaded with bed bugs they do a heat treatment but it doesn’t work all the time when the whole apartment complex is infested,they are so bad the kids outside seen them crawling.
    There is cracks in the wall and they are laying their eggs cracks in the wall and we found out they lay their eggs, we don’t even have central air its been broke since we moved in last year the owner don’t want to pay for a new system and my daughter has asthma I have copd.Don’t move in pleasent grove apartments on westside we are infested!!!!

  9. kim b says:

    I’m convinced that ashton pines on the west side also has bedbug problem I’ve been fighting them for months now they will try to tell you that you have to pay don’t move here

  10. april says:

    I live in Piqua, Ohio. I moved into a nice home in March. I noticed right away that there were dead cockroaches all over my kitchen. I cleaned the mess up because the landlord said that it was my responsibility. The tenants who moved out were very unsanitary people. Approximately two weeks into my stay, I had a guest who noticed a bed bug. I called my landlord immediately and she claimed that I have a bug problem in my head. The exterminator came out three days later and stated that there were no bed bugs. Now it is the end of May and my father is visiting from out of town and slept on my couch. He woke up with bites all over his body. I inspected the couch and sure enough there were bed bugs. Now I have to tell the landlord again in which she has already told me that she is tired of my complaining. It is now the beginning of June and I have noticed them in all rooms of my house. Bed bugs can live in an empty dwelling for over a year without food. I believe that these bugs were here before me. I came from an apartment complex that treated the apartments on a quarterly basis. I have never had a problem with any type of bug. I have been treating the problem myself with a white powder that can be found at a lawn and garden store. This stuff is called Diatomaceous Earth and a raid spray that is primarily for bed bugs. My landlord said not to use this stuff and that the exterminator has to find live bugs in order to treat. I have a few samples to give her, but the landlord said that I am not to collect samples and that they have to be spotted crawling on my belongings. I am hoping that this exterminator can successfully rid me of these bugs. I am afraid that she is not going to be able to do so, since they are in my entire house. This situation really scares me. I am afraid that if we do get rid of them completely that they will just come back by someone else who has them. If anyone can advise me on how to make sure that these things can be eliminated from my house successfully, please let me know. I am willing to use any product. I really want to move, but I know that is not an option because I will bring them with me. I have also heard of several other cases of bed bugs in my town. I believe that this is a crisis and it will only get worse. Something needs to be done about this problem.

  11. NiCol says:

    My daughter lives in Pine Crossing Apts and reported bed bugs, her maintenance office advised her since she reported the problem she can be responsible to pay for the whole building to be treated. Is this legal ? Or are they taking advantage of her. She has requested to relocate to a different building several times due to the unsantitary conditions of her neighbors .

  12. Artie Dodson says:

    My Bed Bug Solutions is now here! We are offering 100% guarantee to get rid of bedbugs IN ONE DAY!! We are providing controlled heat treatment that will not only kill the visible bedbugs but also the eggs and nymphs that you don’t see. With the proper prep work you will never need to throw your furniture away. The best part is I will guarantee that you and your children will be able to sleep in peace again. I have completed several treatments and have clients who will be glad to speak with you. Free in home estimates and proven success!

  13. Libby says 12/28/2010 says:

    My daughter lives in Berwick Grove appartments off refugee and winchester pike and has had a bedbug problem for over a year. She has thrown out several sets of furniture and is in debt to a huge bedbug problem . They spray and reappear weeks later each spraying she is racking up a huge bill. She is a single mother of 2 is unemployed at this time . This is a hud owned low incomed appartments. Could someone help me if she has no job , no income how is she suppose to pay for this spraying every other month and to top it off its not effective . Could someone please help?

  14. Jonathan Lane says:

    Our bed bug exterminator company uses the new most effective method, We use thermo heat treatment to rid home of beg bugs and it works to kill 100% of the bedbugs and the larva. This is the only sure way to treat an infestation without harmful chemicals.

  15. CAROL says:

    Abbot’s cove apartments both my neighbor and mine are infested. called and had to pay first time . money i can’t really afford. so kept quiet and just would pick them up and with tweezers and kill them. got very little sleep from all the bites. have come back out and sprayed again and due to come out again. they can be everywhere. threw out all furniture so sit in a lawn chair to sleep in it.on the shower curtain , on the stair railing poster. in the carpet. yikes!

  16. Melissa Moore says:

    147 NORTH POWELL AVE. Its a double up for rent. Neighbor in other half had infested couch. 147 had 5 bugs “found” god knows how many more. We had to leave ALL furniture even gave some to same neighbor. Landlord hired bugman. He brought spray and 4 cans of bedlam. I saw a baby crawling on mirror that shares wall to other half of double. These apartments or not clear of bugs as of 8/20/2010.

  17. Tam says:

    If you lived in the apartment prior to the bed bug infestation, it’s not the landlords responsibility to pay for the extermination. Since Columbus is invested with them, you could get them on your clothes, in your car, in your purse, on your shoes, etc, simply by shopping at a department store or sitting in a waiting room. You don’t notice them on your clothes if you’re not looking as they try to hide in the folds of the clothing or fabric. They are very difficult to eliminate and will require an exterminator with the permits to use the required pesticides.

  18. vigilantcitizen says:

    me and my family just recently moved into these apartments in Columbus Ohio. we’ve been living here for a couple of months now and noticed bites on us. after researching our situation we’ve come to find out that ABBEY LANE APT. IN COLUMBUS OHIO ARE INFESTED WITH BEDBUGS. we’ve lived here before a couple of times but never found any. oh well i suggest buying a bedbug spray and spraying your house down especially the ceilings and creases behind frames, if your house is infested throw away your bed, they live inside it. i would suggest buying a blowup bed until you move out. unfortunately we have to stay and not break our lease, meanwhile doing everything we can to kill the the culprits. good luck everyone!

  19. Kim says:

    I read through some of the landlord/tenant laws on A landlord is required to “Comply with the requirements of all applicable building, housing, health, and safety codes that materially affect health and safety”, but details of those requirements are linked to and I didn’t feel like reading them all.

    If you feel that your landlord is not following the law you must submit in writing a letter to them stating so. They have 30 days to remedy the issue. If they do not, you can basically either deposit your rent in an escrow account with the county clerk until the problem is taken care of or terminate the rental agreement.

    All of these will likely lead to small claims court so be sure to document everything if you are going to take any of these steps.

    Laws are here

  20. Jennifer Brown says:

    Abbots Cove apartments on the westside of columbus….DO NOT RENT!! My neighbors apartment was infested with them. They came and sprayed mine yesterday and found nothing. I found one live one last night after they sprayed. The crazy things you have to do to get rid of them. I’m so sore today it’s ridiculous. Best part of it all. They will be back in 2 weeks to do it again. I’m hoping we caught them early enough.

  21. pk says:

    They are hichickers and they can live in your car. My experience with them isnt pleasent, my girl and I consider eveyone a supect of carrying bedbugs. Nobody can enter without checking there cloths and shoes. If you havent had them I would advise you be the same way with those who come to your place of residance.

  22. DJ says:

    Bed bugs infestation is a severe problem in Columbus, Ohio- According to reports we have the highest infestation in the United States. I work in residential property management and have had to deal with several units that were infested withi bed bugs in the past- it seriously is nothing to joke around with. It is imperative that you have the unit professionally treated by an exterminator. There is a list of things you need to do in order to have your home fully prepped for treatment. Granted it is very time consuming, but without properly prepping your home, the treatment will not take full affect.

  23. Brian says:

    Ten foot ceiling investments, apts at 800 leawood drive PLEASE DONT RENT FROM THEM, they have a major problem of bed bugs and their owner won’t do nothing about it, they tell people here to deal with it, spend your money on that, He says he doesn’t have time for bugs. He has time to get his rent tho first of the month.

  24. Jim says:

    Hi Justeen,

    I would stay away from that insecticide, especially if it’s not approved!

    Best bet for killing bed bugs is bed bug dust (food grade diatomaceous earth) which you can pick at most feed and supply stores. It is not harmful, inexpensive and works great!

  25. justeen says:

    I heard on the news that this stuff called “250 propoxur residual insecticide” is the best stuff to get rid of bed bugs. but the EPA wont approve it for use by companies. but you can still buy it yourself.

    The warning on it was it may cause neurological issues in kids. I’m not sure if there is a duration of time for the rosin, but I’m sure if you have bed bugs, then anyone is willing to try.

  26. Tamara says:

    We have bed bugs, land lords going to pay since all apartments and townhomes on property are infested. I’m trying to break my lease….any advice?

  27. Megan says:

    I have bed bugs and my land lord said that she wont pay for it, that I have to spend $900 on a home I am only going to be living in for another couple months.

  28. STEPH says:

    my uncle has had bed bugs several times in the last year. his landlord isn’t trying to deal with the problem. what should he do?

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