Is something bugging Cleveland?
CLEVELAND – Bed bugs are making a comeback.
Orkin recently released it's top "Bed Bug Cities" list for 2013 with Cleveland, Akron and Canton combining for 6th place.
In fact, the whole state of Ohio didn't fare too well on Orkin's list, with Columbus coming in at 3 and Cincinnati at 6.
However, the Cleveland Department of Public Health says Cleveland has made positive strides. Director Karen Butler says they received 612 complaints in 2012 and 495 in 2013.
Butler wants to keep those numbers trending downward and offers some easy suggestions on what you can do to prevent an infestation.
"Check your clothing very carefully, check your shoes and your luggage because what you don't want to do it bring an unexpected visitor into your home."
The small reddish brown insects live off the blood of animals and humans and are commonly found in places with high turnover like hotels, apartments, dorms and hospitals. They latch onto things near the ground and hitchhike into your home.
Usually the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of red itchy welts on skin that is exposed while sleeping.
While bed bugs are a nuisance, they're not known to transmit disease.