How To Treat Bed Bugs Minnesota Infestations
Luckily, Bed Bugs Minnesota law spells out how to handle landlord
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
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
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
The dots represent recent Bed Bugs Minneapolis Reports
Landlord and Tenant Bed Bugs Minnesota Laws
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 -
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.
Bed Bugs Minnesota Homeowner Treatment Recommendations
How to Hire an Experienced Minnesota Exterminator
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
Do It Yourself Bed Bugs Treatment
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.
University of Minnesota Extension Resources
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
The bed bug hot line can be reached at (612) 624-2200 or 1-(855)
644-2200. The website is www.bedbugs.umn.edu.
You can download a fact sheet on all bed
bug services offered here (PDF download).
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