Cuyahoga County increases the money sum for bed bug elimination

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Bed bugs are little but can cause huge problems.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County is going to spend $200,000 in 2018 to hire a company for eliminating bed bugs in houses of elderly and disabled adults. The issue has grown so drastically that homes are on a “queue” for treatment. House healthcare companies don’t enter bed bug-infested apartments, noted county spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan.

The county’s board of control on Monday decided to pay Terminex International Inc. $200,000 next year. The firm was paid $100,000 this year but this sum ended in August and more $50,000 was allocated, Madigan said.

The Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Senior and Adult Services started a Bed Bug Assistance Program in 2014 for people older than 60 years and also between 18 to 59 years old with various disabilities. They needed to satisfy income requirements.

Last year, 104 houses were treated. Thus far in 2017 114 buildings have been treated, according to Madigan.

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland is number one city for bedbugs

The every-year list by insect control company Terminix puts Cleveland first in bedbugs population this year, higher than Cincinnati and Detroit. They are second and third. Cleveland was third in this list in 2016.

Orkin, another large insect control company, has its own annual list too. Cleveland was on the 13th place in 2016 and 12th in 2015, with other towns such as Columbus and Cincinnati ranking higher.

Any home or office can be infested by bed bugs. They are small pests that survive on blood. These insects have the size of an apple seed and can live in little cracks. Bed bugs can crawl onto luggage or purses, hitching a ride to infest other places. According to Orkin, they are frequently found in theaters, public transport, office buildings and libraries.

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