Bed bugs are a worldwide pest.
However, since 2002, bed bugs have significantly increased in US cities, from New York to Honolulu.
That includes Lakewood.
Experts predict that “bed bugs will be the pest of the 21st century — no doubt about it.” They are being found in hotels, apartments, dorms, homes, offices, schools, and hospitals. Their small size and ability allow them to move around virtually undetected. Once inside a room where someone sleeps, bed bugs crawl out in search of a blood meal.
The city of Lakewood is aware of this growing problem, and is taking steps to bring awareness — and offer possible solutions — to the problem.
I have bed bugs — What do I do now?+-
For more information about bed bugs in Lakewood call Mark McNamara, from LakewoodAlive, 216-521-0655 or Tim Hitchcock, from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, at 216-201-2001, ext. 1245.
More on bed bugs+-
- Bed bugs only feed on the blood of humans — feeding mostly at night when their victims are sleeping.
- Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and flattened. The adults are about a quarter-inch long — about the size of an apple seed.
- Some bed bug “hotspots” include mattresses, box springs, headboard, pictures (and other wall-mounted decorations), wall-mounted lamps, and upholstered furniture.
To learn more about bed bugs, have a look at this resource.
Bed Bug Central+-
Want more information about bed bugs — including how to spot them — check out this resource on Youtube, called Bed Bug Central.
Bed bug survey (for landlords)+-
Are you a landlord in Lakewood, who has had experience with bed bugs? Please take this quick and easy survey to give us some feedback.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Guidelines on Addressing Infestations+-