My report about the Hillrise Apartments in Cincinnati the other day highlighted what can happen when local officials stop inspecting rental units based on bed bug complaints.
As you’ll recall, funding was cut at the end of 2008 for the Cincinnati Health Department’s bed bug inspection program.
Here’s another story with bedbugged tenants, this time in Columbus, Ohio, where the Franklin County Board of Health is able to inspect homes based on tenant complaints.
NBC4i reports that some residents of The Pointe Apartments on Harrisburg Pike, fed up with bed bug bites, have evacuated their homes for hotel rooms:
[Tenant Chris White] called officials after an exterminator hired by the property managers didn’t show up May 6.
The property manager wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Neighbors are helping each other look for bed bugs in their cushions and mattresses.
“It’s not my responsibility to do this. It’s the apartment complex. I’m helping friends out,“ he said.
Residents received a letter from the complex officials saying that exterminators would arrive on May 6, but residents said the exterminator never showed up.
Franklin County health officials went door-to-door inspecting apartments.
For the second time since last fall, health officials are issuing orders for pest control as soon as possible.
Obviously, if there are inspectors who can come in and issue pest control orders, this does not mean bed bugs will necessarily be eradicated quickly and fully.
However, tenants who can call upon such services stand a much better chance than those who can’t. And of course, they are able to call again, if the problem persists, as it did in this case, and the inspectors can become involved again.
Note: the Franklin County Board of Health (this is their bed bugs page) is part of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force, a group that stepped up, according to this article in the Columbus Dispatch last September, when local officials started to become aware of the problem and its effects in Cincinnati.