With the dramatic resurgence of bed bugs both nationwide and locally, public health officials, pest contol operators and property managers have had to respond to a significantly increased number of bed bug complaints. Although they are not known to transmit disease, bed bugs can cause a variety of physical and mental health concerns for anyone living with or working in an environment infested with bed bugs. Economically, bed bugs can be a challenging and very expensive pest to control.
The CDC and USEPA have even declared that the bed bug is now a “pest of significant public health importance”. To assist in increasing the public’s awareness to the growing local bed bug concern, the first Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Symposium was held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on November 4, 2010. Well over 400 people were in attendance. At this conference, a number of interested parties representing local health departments, organizations and businesses directly involved in bed bug reponse and control began the task force planning process. The Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force began to meet in March of 2011.
The Task Force is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who are focused and committed to minimizing the potential impact bed bugs may have in our local businesses and communities. The members routinely meet to discuss current bed bug-related news and issues and to identify methods of improving the dissemination of education and guidance on the prevention, detection and elimination of bed bug infestations.