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Common Pests in Bloomington, MN
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Just south of Minneapolis lies Bloomington, Minnesota. Like its neighboring city, Bloomington is quite large, the fourth largest city in the state, in fact. Due to Bloomington’s size and population, it is a hot spot for a range of pest activity. One such pest that plagues the area is the cockroach. According to the University of Minnesota, the German cockroach is the most common indoor species of the pest found in the state, but brownbanded cockroaches are also commonly spotted in Minnesota homes. While these pests are unsightly, cockroaches are a potential hazard to human health, as they can trigger asthma and worsen allergies. In addition to causing respiratory problems, human pathogen-carrying roaches can contaminate food and eating utensils, which can result in disease such as food poisoning. Often lurking in dark corners, cockroaches are not easy to treat. These pests are typically found in moist areas around the home, including the bathroom and kitchen areas, as there is ample harborage, water and food sources. Bloomington residents who suspect a cockroach infestation should contact a local pest management company promptly.
Like many major cities across the county, Bloomington is no stranger to the bed bug epidemic. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and travel from place to place on luggage, bags and even on people. While these pests are not known carriers of disease, their bites can cause severe redness, itchiness and swelling. Bed bugs are not just found in hotels, like many believe. These tiny pests are found in almost all public spaces, including gyms, airports, universities, day cares, nursing home facilities and even Bloomington homes. However, residents can take action to keep bed bugs out. Inspecting second-hand items before bringing them into the home is just one way to prevent an infestation. The Minnesota Department of Health also has ample resources about the pest. Additionally, an annual bed bug inspection can keep Bloomington homes free of the pest.
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