Bed bugs

We explain how to prevent and control bed bugs in your home.

Control bed bugs at home

Bed bugs are wingless, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed.

  • They feed on human blood and can target any home, no matter how clean it is.
  • They don't spread disease but their bites can cause infection, sleep loss and anxiety.
  • Some people don't react to bed bug bites and may not know they have bed bugs in their home.
  • It is a housing code violation to have bed bugs at a rental unit.

Watch Twin Cities Public Television's (TPT) bed bug control video on YouTube

Report a housing code violation

Bed bugs are hitchhikers

Follow these tips for keeping bed bugs out of your home.

  • Don't bring furniture found on the street into your home.
  • If you purchase a secondhand item, make sure it doesn't have bloodstains, droppings, eggs, or shed skins.
  • If you stay at a hotel, look for bed bugs or signs of their presence at hotels. Make sure you don't bring them home.

They hide in cracks, crevices, folds and seams

Check for bed bugs in:

  • All part of the bed, including mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards
  • On interior walls, including electrical outlets, wall hangings, and baseboards
  • On carpets and furniture

They're hard to get rid of

The longer you wait, the harder and more expensive it is to get rid of bed bugs.

Hire a pest control professional immediately.

If you can't afford to hire a professional:

  • Do not use agricultural or garden pesticides in your home
  • Only use an EPA-approved bed bug insecticide

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415