Did the Minneapolis VA ask volunteers to stop donating quilts due to fears of bed bugs?

April 21, 2011

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the city’s Department of Veterans Affairs announced this month that it cannot currently accept donations of homemade quilts for veterans from a group of quilting volunteers. According to representatives of the group, Quilts of Valor, this is due to fears that bed bugs may be spread through the quilts: […]

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Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is using thermal methods to kill bed bugs

January 2, 2010

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is using thermal methods to treat bed bugs in public housing, according to a new article in the Star-Tribune: “Hang tight, it’s gonna feel like Hawaii in there,” says Henry, assistant director of maintenance operations for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), as they lug four giant heaters into a […]

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Minnesota Multi-Housing Association warns Mankato, Minnesota housing managers of bed bugs’ imminent arrival

March 19, 2009

Even in places where bed bugs are just starting to appear, some housing managers are fortunately being warned of their imminent arrival.  Dan Linehan writes in the Mankato Free Press: A pair of pest control experts were in Mankato [Minnesota] Wednesday to hold a class on bed bugs. It was organized by the Minnesota Multi-Housing […]

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Minneapolis has a bed bug task force?!?

December 1, 2008

Of course, the words “bed bug task force” and in and of themselves do not mean anything. We aren’t sure exactly sure what’s happening in the Twin Cities yet, but according to this article in the Star-Tribune Saturday about bed bugs in the area, More than 140 landlords recently attended the first meeting of a […]

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Bed bugs and the elderly: a story from St. Paul

June 4, 2008

This article from TwinCities.com tells the saga of Evie Kelly, of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has bed bugs in her apartment in a building for senior citizens: “It’s hard. I hate it,” a resigned and visibly worn-out Kelly said last week while she sat in her public senior citizen high-rise apartment on Ravoux Street. She […]

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FAQ: what is sulfuryl fluoride/Vikane gas fumigation?

April 6, 2007

Last updated 7/8/2013 Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation (often provided under Dow’s Vikane brand) is an option for treating an entire structure (free-standing house, entire building, etc.), a vehicle, or even a “pod” full of your furniture and belongings. Given that bed bugs are so hard to eradicate, and how long it can take to treat using […]

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