CLEVELAND (AP) — More bedbugs are moving into northeast Ohio, and Cleveland area organizations have formed a task force to develop plans for dealing with them.
The Bed Bug Task Force wants to teach people how to prevent taking the blood-sucking parasites home and what to do if they find an infestation.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/S0vTT1 ) reports that the 30-member task force meets monthly to share the latest information. It will host an annual bedbug conference next month.
The Cleveland Health Department has received about 500 complaints of bedbugs this year. That's compared to 390 at this time last year. The county health department has received more than 1,000 calls for community assistance related to the pests.
In August, the downtown federal building had to be treated for the pests.