Cincinnati ranks in the top five most infested cities in the nation for bed bugs. Tami Burkel, owner of Valley Termite & Pest Control, has a background in the healthcare industry and works with the Board of Health to ensure customers are compliant with Board of Health regulations.
Until Council added bed bugs, it was illegal in Cincinnati to permit an infestation of "rodents, fleas, lice, roaches, weevils" and unspecified "other vermin". The City of Cincinnati has determined that bed bugs are now officially considered a vermin. By adding them to Cincinnati Municipal Code Section 1601-17, bed bugs are among the critters the city ordinance requires owners and occupants of buildings to control. Harboring a vermin infestation is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.Bed Bug Legislation Passed