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Bed Bugs In Minnesota

What might appear to be isolated cases are now increasing.  Minnesota pest control companies said bed bugs are a growing problem in the Twin Cities.

“They need to feed on the blood of humans to gain the nourishment that they need to grow and then to develop and lay eggs,” said Dr. Stephen Kells an entomologist at the University of Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota has devoted research to figuring out how these bed bugs operate.  Kells has the unenviable job of watching them work.

He showed how bedbugs start translucent then transform into a dark brown, almost black, color after feeding on his hand.  By the time the bug is done feeding, it is almost the size of an apple seed.

Kells has also found that bedbugs are tough to kill.  “They can live for up to a year, year and a half without a blood meal — without feeding at all,” said Kells.

There’s a widespread belief that bed bugs are caused by dirty conditions.  That’s not true.  Even clean places can have bed bugs.  Part of the problem is when you’re awake and moving around, that’s when bedbugs go into hiding.  Also, some people don’t react to the biting, so it is possible that you could have bedbugs and not realize it.

Control Of bed bugs in residential areas requires a very thorough process of:

  • Identification & inspection
  • Non-chemical & chemical control methods
  • Follow up methods including regular inspections for new bed bug infestations

If you are concerned about a bed bug problem in your home, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible for inspection and control measures.

Controlling a bed bug infestation requires very detailed work and much moving (and disassembly) of furniture.  Careful inspections must be completed in conjunction with non-chemical controls (such as vacuuming, and steam treatments) and insecticide treatments. The insecticides available are commercial products requiring special equipment and training, that is not readily available in over-the-counter products.

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Bed Bugs In Minnesota

They are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, health care facilities, dormitories, shelters, schools, and modes of transport.  Other places where bed bugs sometimes appear include movie theaters, laundries/dry cleaners, furniture rental outlets and office buildings.  Immigration and international travel have undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S. Changes in modern pest control practice — and less effective bed bug pesticides — are other factors suspected for the recurrence.

Bedbug cases have been on the rise across the world since the mid-1990s.  The rise in infestations has been hard to track because bed bugs are not an easily identifiable problem.  Most of the reports are collected from pest-control companies, local authorities, and hotel chains.  Therefore, the problem may be more severe than is currently believed.

Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene!  It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence.  What’s worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood.  Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.

Bed bugs may in fact be the most challenging pest problem currently facing the pest control industry.  There are many pests that homeowners may decide to try and control on their own but bed bugs should not be one of them.  The bottom line is that bed bug work requires a highly trained professional.  It takes hard work, and follow-up efforts.  Once you notice a bed bug problem you should call a pest control professional today!

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Bed Bug Prevention & Control

Because of the rise of the bed bug epidemic researchers and public health officials are concerned that the little unwanted bugs are going to spread through schools. Why?  Because the little brown bugs can easily get transported from home to school on children’s clothes and their backpacks.  They can also be transported to other homes this way and therefore cause even more bed bug infestations.

Schools are often notoriously known for having head lice problems which can be difficult to get rid of but bed bugs are even harder to exterminate in schools.  You know where to look when it comes to head lice.  But bed bugs, they could be anywhere and everywhere.  They can also be transported easily to other places and thus the infestation gets even worse.  Bed bugs are often called “hitchhikers” because of this.  Schools sometimes need to be closed down and fumigated and health departments don’t want that to happen.

In the 1950′s harsh pesticides were used to kill and take care of bed bug problems but now these pesticides are banned. The result?  Bed begs are back and in full force.  They are everywhere! They’ve been brought back with travelers and are found in homes, schools, dorm rooms, apartment complexes, businesses, hotels and many other places.  The phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” is not just something cute to tell our children but in fact it is becoming more and more serious.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, please call a pest control professional today!

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Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs in Minnesota

How Can I Prevent An Infestation?

The greatest risk for encountering bed bugs appears to be while people are traveling.  Regardless of the type of accommodations you stay at, it is a good precaution to check your room.  Please refer to the section “How can I detect an infestation?” and check around the headboard and adjacent area of the bed.  Also inspect luggage stands or other areas where suitcases are typically set down.  Be aware of any unexplained bites you may find in the morning; that could be the result of bed bugs.  Also watch for fecal spots, which could occur on bed sheets or nearby areas.  Inspect your luggage when you get home after a trip for any bed bugs that may have escaped your earlier attention.

Other sources may be associated with the scavenging of used furniture.  Residents and tenants are strongly cautioned against “scavenging” beds and furniture that have seemingly been discarded and left by the curb for disposal, or behind places of business.  Bed bug infestations are not limited to beds and mattresses, and they can be found on tables, drawers, and even electronics if these items were located in a bedroom or other place that could support an infestation.

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Ticks The Season In Minnesota

1282 cases of Lyme Disease (LD) were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health in 2008, a 450% increase in 10 years, ranking Minnesota 8th in terms of total cases in the United States

With the blossoming of spring comes the growing number by the thousands of cases of Lyme disease silently striking down adults, children and pets across the country.

The CDC (in the US) reported over 64,000 cases of Lyme disease in a two year span, but actual cases in the following years continue to climb much higher.  One report recently found that 48% of residents had at least one family member with a current or past history of treatment for Lyme Disease.

Where is Lyme Disease found?

Lyme Disease can occur anywhere, however the states with the highest incidence are:

  • Connecticut (with the highest rate in the nation)
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin

1282 cases of Lyme Disease (LD) were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health in 2008, a 450% increase in 10 years, ranking Minnesota 8th in terms of total cases in the United States

The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) goes through three life stages.  Shown from left to right is the adult female, adult male, nymph and larva on a centimeter scale.

1282 cases of Lyme Disease (LD) were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health in 2008, a 450% increase in 10 years, ranking Minnesota 8th in terms of total cases in the United States

Living in habitats of ticks can mean a higher chance of these pests.  If you live in this type of area, or are noticing an increase in the amount of ticks in your area, it is wise to contact a professional pest control company.

Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic

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Silverfish Infestation in Minnesota

Silverfish are common in most homes – but that doesn’t mean they’re popular!  Silverfish are wingless creatures, and they are so named because they rather resemble fish.  They also generally gravitate towards warm, moist places – under sinks, in basements, laundry rooms, and the like.

What Will They Do?

Silverfish aren’t terribly destructive – they’re not going to wreak structural havoc on your home, like termites – but they are unappealing.  Silverfish will feed on starch and mold, and they also enjoy feasting on paper items, in addition to fabric and food.  They also like dark spaces.  If you’ve store old magazines in a damp area, for example, that’s going to look quite attractive to this breed of pest.

How Can I Get Rid of Them?

To get rid of silverfish, you need to remove the source of attraction.  You can lower your home’s humidity with dehumidifiers and fans, repair leaky plumbing, and do what you can to reduce excess moisture in your laundry area.  And be sure to remove any old stacks of newspapers or magazines.

Can I Catch Them?

Some people have found baiting with bottles and jars to be an effective way to eradicate silverfish – but not if you have a bona fide infestation on your hands.  If this is the case, it’s best to call a professional pest control service.  The professional will treat infested areas with special substance, and then seal off treated cracks and crevices.

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Termite Problem?

When thinking about hiring a professional termite exterminator there are many options.  It all depends on the level of infestation that you deal with.  There are a lot of free how to tutorials on the internet that might be handy if you just spotted a small ammount of termite infestation in your house.  However, if you have discovered the high level of termite invasion and high damage to your house , the best advice is to hire a professional pest control expert

Most people do not know the properties of different chemicals and the dosage and they should not deal with these toxic substances.  A professional termite exterminator  has everything in order to help you get rid of termites.  They own special equipment when applying chemicals and in such a way they protect themselves from intoxication.  Besides that, it is also known that some types of termite colonies have become immune to several types of chemicals and methods of extermination, so you might face something similar when trying to kill them on your own.  A good pest control company offers you a warranty to make sure that those nasty termites do not reappear.

An expert in termite extermination has all the necessary tools, equipment, chemicals, techniques, methods, knowledge and the most important – experience.   Hiring a professional exterminator might cost you some money, but it might be more affordable than trying it on your own without knowing the basics and then end up spending even more on products that you have no idea if they work or not.  Better safe than sorry!

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