Bed Bugs Becoming Problem in Ohio

by Emily Baird on November 16, 2009

There are more reports of bed bugs surfacing in Ohio, and hotel rooms seem to be their breeding grounds.

65 to 70 percent of hotel rooms have reported infestations at one time.

"Most likely it’s because of our mobile society. People do a lot of traveling and they’re picking those insects up either in another state or even in anouther country, bringing them back to Ohio, " says OSU Extension Program’s Mark Mechling.

The bed bugs have also developed a resistance to the conventional insecticides being used to kill them. So, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is looking to other means to help control the problem.

"They’re proposing to use another insecticide that hasn’t been used for a number of years. They’re petitioning the epa to allow this insecticide to be used by commercial applicators to control the bed bugs, " says Mechling.

Mechling says the EPA is in the process of measuring the risks or benefits of this particular insecticide.