ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota has set up a resource center where homeowners and businesses can learn about fighting bedbug infestations, which have become increasingly common over the past few years.

The university launched its bedbug initiative Tuesday that also includes plans to conduct seminars about the growing bedbug problem around the state.

Increased travel, changing insecticide use and a lack of public awareness has caused a resurgence of bedbug populations, according to entomologist Stephen Kells. The oval-shaped, flat, brown bugs are about the size of a wood tick and feed on the blood of people and some animals. Bedbug bites may cause some people break out in a rash, while others see few symptoms beyond a red spot.

By crawling into travelers’ suitcases and clothes, they can easily spread from an infested hotel room or residence. The bugs are difficult to detect because they hide in cracks and crevices, Kells said.

Experts warn that individuals who try to use insecticides to kill bedbugs could harm themselves or others, and they recommend seeking assistance from a professional pest control company.

The university’s resource center is funded with nearly $91,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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Comments (2)
  1. oNiSaC says:

    After reading the “Tiny Black Bug” story yesterday I’ve come to realies that the folks with the answers are wrong. The Tiny black bugs that were biting me late Sunday afternoon in the Faribault area were smaller then any of the bugs talked about so far. The bugs just outside my front porch were very very tiny. But their bit was painful and drew blood.

    The size of these black bugs is similiar to the period key dot or spot made by your computer key board. That is about 1/8th the size of a bed bug and much smaller than any knat I’Ve ever seen..

    This is a very tiny black bug the smallest I’ve ever seen. But I still haven’t a clue what it is. All I know is they were in my front yard Sunday and bit four or five friends and myself. After they bit they are gone very quickly. If you look closely you can see a tiny blood spot. Last summer was the first time I’ve ever seen such a tiny black bighting bug.

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