Fewer Bed Bugs Biting In City

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cincinnati might not be a national leader in bed bug cases much longer - fewer residents reported having problems with them last year.

Eighteen percent of people living in the city reported bed bugs in 2011 -a decrease over the previous year, when the percentage was 22, according to the Greater Cincinnati Survey conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research. The Cincinnati Health Department cites its education and outreach efforts, which it started in 2008, for the reduction.

State Rep. Dale Mallory, D-West End, says it's not a big enough drop to celebrate and that 18 percent of homes is still too many. He's holding another Joint Bed Bug Task Force meeting today at 11 a.m. at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency.