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Health Department - Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs: Annoying but not a Health Risk

Richland Public Health often receives complaints about bites from bed bugs. While they are a nuisance, bed bugs have never been known to carry any diseases and therefore are not something that the Health Department has jurisdiction over.

However, because of the interest in the subject, this page offers several links for additional information.

LAST UPDATED December 3, 2012

Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
Mansfield, OH — The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.

ATSDR warns that outdoor pesticides should not be used indoors under any circumstances. You should always carefully read the product label to make sure that:

  • it has an EPA registration number;
  • it is intended for indoor use;
  • it is effective against bed bugs (the label should say it is meant to be used to treat your home for bed bugs); and
  • you know how to properly mix the product (if a concentrate) and where and how to apply it safely within the home.

You can read more about the CDC’s Health Advisory by clicking on this link.

Good Resource for Overall Information
Central Ohio Bedbug Task Force home page (including information on finding an exterminator):

Downloadable Documents on Bed Bugs

This 11 page PDF from the University of Kentucky Extension Office is a very comprehensive look at bed bugs bugs and how to treat for an infestation (with pictures):

Here is a PDF for Guidance on bedbugs for Homeowners and Tenants:

New study finds insecticide misuse against bedbugs a risk to health:


The Ohio Department of Health released the following Bed Bug Workgroup report in January of 2011:
Click HERE for the report in PDF format

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency released a joint statement about the bed bug problem. Here's the joint statement and latest information on the pest:

Here is another website resource:

Below is a PDF document for information on bed bugs and how you can find and get rid of bed bugs.

For information on Healthy Homes, please Click HERE

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