" Luckily, Bed Bugs Minnesota law spells out how to handle landlord tenant issues. such as bed bugs. Unfortunately, homeowners are on their own, but can treat an infestation by following the advice provided below. For renters, a free legal hot line is also available for tenants and landlords that would like to understand their rights when an infestation occurs. Local governments also provide resources to help homeowners kill bed bugs. There is also a hotline offered by the University of Minnesota under the "Let's Beat the Bug" program that will answer any bed bug related questions for free. The resources listed below will give you all of the information Minnesota residents need to eliminate a bed bug infestation."
Minnesota has not been immune from the bed bug problems
plaguing the rest of the world. The map below lists over 99 recent
self reported problems in
In Minnesota, landlords are required to treat and pay for bed bug problems. If the landlord does take action in 14 days, tenants are allowed to withhold rent (be sure to consult an attorney - see below).
It is important that a tenant inform a landlord in writing the moment they learn of the bed bug infestation. If a landlord will not correct or repair a problem, a local housing inspector can be called by the tenant. If the inspector finds code violations in the unit, the inspector will give the landlord a certain amount of time to correct them. If the landlord does not make the corrections, the inspector has the authority to serve a summons on the landlord to appear in court
If your building managing agent or landlord does not take action, you can inform the landlord in writing that you are withholding rent and placing it into escrow, for payment only after treatment is provided. You'll need a form for this which is available from a local housing court.
Minnesota landlords do not have to pay to put you up in a hotel during treatment and tenants must cooperate with instructions provided by the exterminator.
We always suggest contacting a lawyer if a landlord is not performing the required inspection and treatment within 14 days. If you can't afford one, there are free services available. For free legal advice, Minnesota residents can call the Home Line at (612) 728-5767 or (866) 728-5767.
You can review the Minnesota
Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities law here. If you
require a lawyer or cannot afford one, contact lawhelpmn.org about bed bugs Minnesota law and problem resolution.
We always recommend that home owners that can afford it should hire an experienced professional. The National Pest Management association polled exterminators who indicated that bed bugs are the toughest insect to treat. For this reason, we always suggest contacting an experienced exterminator when treating this problem. It's important to get several quotes, since each exterminator will vary by experience, methods used and cost. It can cost over $1000 for a home or apartment.
Start by getting up to 3 free quotes from Service Magic (phone 1.877.233.1145). They are a network of local exterminators in Minnesota with the network prescreening members for insurance and licenses. You can also check our online exterminator database for bed bugs Minnesota exterminators. Confirm that the contractor you select is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for pest control. You can check the agriculture website here. Also confirm the pest control company's experience and if they have a procedure for controlling a bed bug infestation.
TIP: Often 3 treatments are
required. Make sure that any pest control company you hire guarantees
Professionals often have access to insecticides and mechanical
methods that are not available to homeowners. This can include freezing
spray, thermal remediation or heat and chemicals only sold to licensed
Because of the high cost, many Minnesota home owners decide to
treat the problem themselves. Be sure to purchase the combination of
products needed, as no one spray or powder can do the job effectively.
These products can be purchased in an organic
bed bug kit or an insecticide
based bed bug kit.
It is impossible to treat an infestation with just one product or
method. For example, one type of bed bug spray can kill bedbugs and
eggs on contact, while another provides a longer lasting barrier for
killing any bed bugs you might have missed. This in addition to using a
vacuum and/or heat plus a dust product creates a complete bed bug
solution. Every inch of an infested room needs to be inspected.
See this page for detailed instructions on how to treat bed bugs.
The University of Minnesota Extension maintains an information hot line for renter or home owner questions. They are able to answer bed bug questions, suggest treatment methods, provide advice on hiring a pest control company, and provide tips for avoiding bed bugs when traveling.
Bed Bugs makes emergency tenant remedy warranted
Feeling Itchy Bed Bugs Abound
Bed Bugs Make Resurgence in Minnesota
- KSTP Eyewitness News Video
Do you have a question or great story about bed bugs? Share it!