Bed Bugs - Information, Prevention, and Control

Bed Bugs Baby to Adult

Did you know? Bed bugs go through 5 stages of molting before becoming adults. One indicator of bed bug infestation is the presence of bed bug skin molts. The two bed bugs on the right are adults.

Get the Facts

The presence of bed bugs in a rental unit is a housing code violation. Click here to report a possible violation.

Calls to exterminators about bed bugs have increased 57% nationwide since 2005 according to the University of Kentucky and National Pest Management Association.

The Minneapolis Health Department is working to promote bed bug prevention and awareness in Minneapolis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bed Bugs - General Information - Discover the FAQ's on bed bugs

  • What are bed bugs?
  • Where do bed bugs live?
  • How do I prevent bed bugs from entering the house?
  • What do I do if I have bed bugs?
  • How do I report a bed bug complaint?

Do you have Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs - Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Prevention and Control videos - These videos show what you can do to reduce the severity of a bed bug infestation if you cannot afford a pest management professional. The videos are also available in Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Karen. Here are some of the do-it-yourself (DIY) materials you'll need:

- A roll of sticky tape

- Vacuum cleaner

- Thin card (e.g. old credit card or bus card)

- Plastic bags of various kinds

- Hot soapy water

- Bed bug mattress encasements

- A flashlight

- Bed bug intercept traps

- Access to a washing machine



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If you need this material in an alternative format please call Minneapolis Department of Health at (612) 673-2301 or email Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may use a relay service to call 311 agents at (612) 673-3000. TTY users may call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.

Attention: If you have any questions regarding this material please call Minneapolis Department of Health (612) 673-2301. Hmong - Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu (612) 673-2800; Spanish - Atencion. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta informacion, llama (612) 673-2700; Somali - Ogow. Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo tarjamadda macluumaadkani oo lacag la' aan wac (612) 673-3500.

Last updated Dec 4, 2015