Bed Bug Conference Takes On Growing Issue In Twin Cities
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The bed bug outbreak is a growing problem we've been following for
months. Wednesday, pest industry experts held the first ever
Bed Bug Minnesota Conference to help concerned business owners and
landlords combat the problem.
"They're out there, and the problem isn't getting better," said
Todd Leyse, organizer of the conference and president of Adam's
He said the bed bug problem in the Twin Cities has grown tenfold in
the last five years. In 1999, the company received its first
ever bed bug complaint, but in 2010 that number grew to
1,213. About 80% of problems occur in multi-unit housing,
such as apartment buildings, nursing homes, and hotels. The fastest
growing areas, however, are single family homes, shopping centers,
and nursing homes.
Jamie Phillips works in the hospitality industry, and while her
company has never had a bed bug issue, she came to the conference
to stay ahead of the problem.
"We want to protect not only our facility but especially our
customers as well as our employees," said Phillips.
More than 100 attendees learned about prevention, legal rights, and
the latest treatments.