Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana hold tri-state “Emergency Meeting” about bed bugs

by nobugsonme on January 22, 2008 · 3 comments

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The Kentucky Post and WCPO (ABC9 in Cincinnati) reported that there was an “Emergency Meeting” held behind closed doors last Friday to discuss the bed bug problem in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. (Indiana was not mentioned by name in any of the articles, but we can assume it’s the third state in question since it borders Ohio and Kentucky near Cincinnati.)

WCPO noted that the meeting was hosted by Ohio State Representative Dale Mallory and that “state representatives, the Cincinnati Health Department commissioner along with several city councilmembers and county commissioners will try to find solutions” to the bed bug problem. Another source, kypost.com, said the meeting attendees also included Hamilton County (Kentucky) Coroner O’dell Owens. (The Coroner! If the coroner is involved, surely bed bugs must be a health concern? I see from the Hamilton County Coroner’s Organizational Flowchart that Toxicology is the likely interest here. Or perhaps Forensics: bed bugs are criminals–guilty of stealing our blood.)

Owens said, “In 2005 there were five to seven complaints on bed bugs. They’ve already had 19 the month of January. And last year I think they had 180. So this is an issue that is growing to cross neighborhoods. This is not just for poor people. Other people need to understand that bed bugs is not from people being unclean. You can have a home in Indian Hill and have bed bugs.”

There is no mention of whether local bed bug experts were involved, but I truly hope they were.

1 hopelessnomo January 22, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Interesting, the coroner. I had to go look him up! Perhaps Dr. Owens is part of this as an important civic leader who commands community respect and trust. See this: http://citybeat.com/2005-07-06/cover.shtml

I wonder at that comment from a while back from someone who said that entomologists weren’t being listened to, am I remembering correctly?

I’m of course very impressed with the focused attention this city is paying to the bedbug problem. Those officials are making it their business, you know what I mean? Taking responsibility! Saying this is going to be their job. That’s amazing really, if you think about it. Truly. It gives me hope.

2 nobugsonme January 23, 2008 at 1:04 am

Yes, entoman did allege that Cincy was not listening, here.
He also suggested the Cincinnati Town Hall Meeting was not handled well, in this comment. So I do hope that attention is being paid to the experts. I really hope they’re talking to Dr. Michael Potter, their neighbor, after all.

Good sleuthing, ‘nomo. The City Beat article you cite states of Owens, “the 57-year old endocrinologist was named in a 1995 Cincinnati Magazine poll as one of the most trustworthy people in the city.”
Yes–he does seem to command a lot of respect and he seems to have a lot of love for the people of Cincinnati.
One thing NYC politicians and officials are not making Bedbuggers feel is love.
Go, Cincinnati!

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