Bed Bugs

 
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Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood.  Infestations have increased throughout the United States, including Minnesota.  Although bed bugs are an inconvenience, and can cause property damage and added expense for treatment, they are not known to transmit disease to people. Some people do not react at all to bites. In others, bed bug bites may cause redness, swelling, and itching.

The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.  Once an infestation is found, it is important to work with an experienced pest management professional.  While over-the-counter insecticides may claim to get rid of bed bugs, they will likely not solve the problem, and could even make it worse.

Bed Bug Resources:
University of Minnesota Extension                               http://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/
U of M Bed Bug Information Line 1-855-644-2200 or 612-624-2200
Minnesota Department of Health http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/pests/bedbugs.html
 
CDC http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/


Bed Bugs & Rental Property
Bed bugs can be a particularly difficult problem in apartment buildings and multi-family housing. While it can be expensive to treat a large property, avoiding the problem may only make the infestation worse and more costly in the long run. Property owners and managers are encouraged to work collectively with residents to prevent bed bugs from entering buildings. For more information, read "What Property Owners and Managers Need to Know About Bed Bugs" at http://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/property-owners-managers.


Hotels/Motels/B&B/Other Lodging Establishments
Bed bugs are unwelcome guests when a safe and clean place to sleep is expected.  They can easily enter a building by hitching onto clothing, luggage and other belongings of guests or staff.
For more information about bed bugs and lodging, go to  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/lodging/bedbugs.html.


Sources:  Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Minnesota