Minneapolis, partners raising bed bug prevention awareness
To help those in Minneapolis who may be at risk for bed bugs, the Minneapolis Health Department along with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the University of Minnesota’s Let’s Beat the Bug! Campaign and Emergency Community and Health Outreach (ECHO) worked together to produce informational materials about bed bugs and to reach out to the community to help people who may dealing with bed bugs.
The outreach campaign and promotional materials target folks who may be at higher risk for bed bugs, including low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, City employees (fire, police, housing inspectors) who frequent houses at risk for bed bug infestations, and employees of other organizations who that work with residents who are or may be at risk for bed bugs.
The educational materials are online, so anyone can learn more and share the information with people they know who may need it. The online resources include:
- Fliers educating readers on bed bug identification, prevention, control and more. These fliers, some of which are translated into Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Arabic, are courtesy of the University of Minnesota’s Let’s Beat the Bug! Campaign.
- Videos of “do it yourself” strategies to control bed bug infestations. The Minneapolis Health Department, in collaboration with ECHO, MDA, and Let’s Beat the Bug! created three short videos in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali. These videos provide step-by-step, visual demonstration of prevention and control techniques. The topics covered in these videos include: “Control Bed Bugs at Home,” “Controlling Bed Bugs by Hand,” and “Kill Bed Bugs Through Laundry.” These videos can be used by schools, multi-unit housing properties, social service and health care providers, etc.
- Bed bug business cards encourage Minneapolis residents to report bed bug complaints to the City’s 311 for tracking purposes and to visit the University of Minnesota’s Let’s Beat the Bug! Website.
The newly updated City of Minneapolis – Bed Bugs website features YouTube videos, Frequently Asked Questions: Myths and Misunderstandings, and informational fliers on bed bug identification, prevention, control and more.
Published Aug. 21, 2013