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U of M center helps fight back against bedbugs

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Oct 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - It's a creepy, crawly and growing problem. Bedbugs are resurgent, and the University of Minnesota is helping people fight back.

The university has set up a resource center to help people safely deal with infestations, and it will conducting seminars around the state for landlords, hotel managers and consumers.

STOP BEDBUGS: Check out the University of Minnesota resources combatting the spread of bedbugs around the state

Entomologist Stephen Kells says increased travel, changing insecticide use and a lack of public awareness are to blame. By hiding in travelers' suitcases and clothes, bedbugs can easily spread from an infested hotel room or residence.

The university has established a Stop BedBugs website. The phone lines for the "Let's Beat the Bug!" initiative are (612) 624-2200; (612) 624-2200; 1-855-644-2200; and 1-855-644-2200. The email address is bedbugs@umn.edu.

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

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