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Cases of beg bug infestation (Cimex Lectularius) are increasing across the U.S. and here in Middletown. These insects are not known to spread diseases. Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services will collect properly prepared bed-bug infected materials. For the health and safety of their employees and to avoid further infestation, citizens are asked to wrap and seal all bed-bug infected items in plastic. All bed-bug infected items (i.e. furniture, mattresses, carpet, sofas, chairs, etc.) must be completely sealed in plastic and will be collected on regularly scheduled collection days.
The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below will help address the collection of bed-bug infected items:
How do I know I have bed bugs?
Usually the first sign of an infestation is the appearance of small rusty spots on your mattresses and bed linens. Red, itchy welts on the skin may also be an indication that bed bugs are present.
Do bed bugs carry disease?
There is no scientific evidence that bed bugs transmit disease; however, scratching the bites may lead to skin infections.
Who do I call if I think my home or apartment has bedbugs?
You may choose to contact a licensed pest control to determine if you have an infestation and to provide bug control services. The Middletown Health Department does not conduct inspections for bed bugs, but can provide information.
How do I dispose of items affected with bed bugs?
Completely wrap and seal all infected materials with plastic and place sealed materials out on normal trash collection day.
Where do I get plastic to cover mattresses and large furniture?
Mattress, furniture, and hardware stores sell mattress covers or large rolls of plastic that can be used to seal all parts of the affected furniture.
What if I put out items that are not collected?
Remove materials from curb and properly seal all parts of the affected furniture in plastic. Place sealed materials at your normal trash collection location on your regularly scheduled collection day.
When will my materials be collected?
Materials will be collected on your next collection day.
For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works and Utilities at 513-425-7940 or Middletown City Health Department at 425-1818.