How to avoid bed bugs

It's a dubious distinction. Cincinnati has been called the bed bug capital of the country.  This summer, Terminix ranked Cincinnati as the No. 1 city for bedbugs. These parasitic insects once thought to be eradicated from the United States have made a comeback. According to the Ohio Department of Health there has been a big increase in bed bugs reported to local health departments in the last four years.

Bed bugs feed of human blood. People get bit primarily at night and these critters will bite someone anywhere on the body, but especially on exposed areas like your face, arms and hands. While a bite can be annoying, they are not known to transmit disease. Most people don’t experience pain, but some people can suffer an allergic reaction and painful swelling. They can itch for up to two weeks before healing. 

Bed bugs are usually transported from one location to another as people travel. They can be carried in the seams of luggage, carry-on bags, folded clothing and furniture. And, once you get them into your home they can be really hard to get rid of. It can also be expensive.

The best way to deal with bed bugs is to avoid bringing them into your home. Wednesday, November 6 on 9 On Your Side at 11, Consumer Reporter John Matarese will show you how to do a bed bug inspection.

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