Bed Bugs On The Rise
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Bed bugs are on the rise, and not in areas people want to her
about. A forum was held in Rochester Wednesday where people learned
more about those bugs, and the problems they are causing.
Night night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. It's an age
old saying, but one that now, you might want to take
"They're in private residences, multi-family housing residences,
senior assisted centers and so we really need to get rid of them,"
said Stephen Kells with the University of Minnesota.
Bed bugs were common in the 1960's, and pretty much went away for
about 40 years. About 10 years ago, they came back. Now some
experts are saying, they are worse than ever.
"We have a campaign going across the state called let's beat the
bug campaign. Its about getting the information of bed bugs to as
many people as we can," said Kells.
Nearly 100 people came to a bed bug forum at the University of
Minnesota Rochester to learn more. One topic of discussion was what
the bugs are attracted to; human blood.
"Once they've got a blood meal, they can grow, they can reproduce,
they can create more bed bugs and we start getting severe
infestations," said Kells.
Those severe infestations have moved away from places like hotels,
which seem to have gotten the problem under control, to
multi-family residences and senior living facilities.
"I think it's scary, because I think there's a stigma with it that
its only dirty places, or low-income places or things like that,"
said Rose Lenzher who works in a senior living facility.
Bed bugs can happen anywhere, but it is important to get rid of
"The best thing to do is call an expert. They have either the
equipment to do the proper heat treatments, or the commercial
chemicals that are required to control bed bugs," said Kells.