Data released from the Greater Cincinnati Survey, a statistically valid survey conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research, shows that the percent of Cincinnati residents experiencing problems with bed bugs has continued to decline, from 22 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2012.
Cincinnati Health Department officials see this as an indication that the City's aggressive outreach and education efforts, and participation in the Joint Bed Bug Task Force are working to limit the impact of bed bugs in the Cincinnati area.
This data is an encouraging sign that knowledge has been gained and applied about how to decrease the spread of the pesky insects. However, health officials caution that bed bugs become more active in warmer temperatures.
When facing a bed bug infestation it is best to acquire the services of an experienced, licensed pest management professional. Individuals attempting to combat the problem on their own are urged to only use approved pesticides, and to read and follow the label directions about how to safely apply the pesticide.
Beginning in 2008, the Cincinnati Health Department worked to develop one of the first comprehensive Bed Bug Strategic Plans in the nation.
"We are one of the few cities in the nation to have actual population based knowledge about the extent of the problem. It is encouraging to know that our efforts are making a difference. The City will continue to be aggressive in our response to this very difficult problem," said Dr. Camille Jones Assistant Health Commissioner Cincinnati Health Department.