Bed Bugs - General Information
Bed bugs can happen to anyone of any race, age or socioeconomic background. You are not a dirty person if you have bed bugs. See Bed Bugs - DIY Videos on Prevention and Control
To view translated copies of the PDF links, see the University of Minnesota’s Let’s Beat the Bug! multilingual tasksheets.
- Adult bed bugs are wingless, of brown-reddish color and about the size of an apple seed.
- Bed bugs feed on human blood, targeting all individuals REGARDLESS of the cleanliness of your house.
- Bed bugs do not spread disease; their bites may cause secondary infection, loss of sleep and anxiety.
- Some individuals do not react to bed bug bites and thus may not know they have bed bugs
- Bed bugs typically hide in cracks, crevices, folds and seams.
- Common hideouts: mattresses, box springs, bed frames, head boards, electrical outlets, wall hangings, baseboard, carpet, furniture.
- Bed bugs have been found in residences, businesses, hotels, public transportation and other public places
- Bed bugs are hitch hikers, so do not bring furniture found on the street into your home.
- If you purchase a second-hand item, check the item for signs of bed bug presence
- Be wary of signs for bed bug presence at hotels
- Do NOT use agricultural or garden pesticides in your house. These chemicals can make you very sick.
- If you use bed bug insecticide be sure they are approved by the EPA and follow instructions carefully
- If unable to afford a pest professional help immediately, these videos offer DIY bed bug control techniques. They will not eliminate the pests but will help to control and reduce bed bug numbers. These methods are more effective than using over the counter insecticides.
- Ultimately the help of a certified pest control professional is the best solution to eliminating bed bugs
- NOTE: If you have a bed bug infestation, get help immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult and expensive bed bug elimination will be
Live in Minneapolis and have bed bug complaints? Contact 311, the City of Minneapolis’s Information Line
Legal questions? Talk to Legal Aid or Home Line MN | Tenant/landlord laws: Minnesota Statute 504b.161
Last updated Nov. 27, 2013