Health Risk

Are Bed Bugs a health risk?

Con:  Bed Bugs Don't Cause or Transmit Disease

 Pro:  Bed Bugs are a hazard to health
  • Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Bedbugs as Vectors for Drug-Resistant Bacteria

 Middle ground solutions:

Bed Bugs are a nuisance
Cleveland's Health Code
CHAPTER211 – VERMIN AND RODENT INFESTATION The Cleveland code doesn't specify bed bugs but inspectors can cite for an owner's failure to abate a nuisance
"When any area, building, lot, premises or other place is infected by insects or rodents, the Commissioner shall issue a written order requiring the owner, agent, or lessee or person in control of such building or premises to take such measures as the Commissioner deems necessary to eradicate and prevent such infestation."

An order like the one described above has been adequate to meet the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law equirement of: " a governmental agency has found that the premises are not in compliance with building, housing, health, or safety codes that apply to any condition of the premises that could materially affect the health and safety of an occupant."

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