Health at Home

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Good health begins at home, but there are times when a home is not as healthy as it could be.   There are several bugs and bacteria that can be brought into or grown in a home.  Scott County Public Health can assist with these problems by providing  information and assistance.
Head Lice
Head lice are tiny insects that make their home in human hair. Anyone can get head lice but it is most often seen in Pre-school and Elementary aged children.  Head lice is not contagious.  Head lice is not a sign of a dirty house or poor hygiene.  Head lice is not spread by dogs or cats.  Head lice is spread by head to head contact, or sharing items like combs, hats and pillows.  Head lice can be difficult to get rid of, but here is information from the Minnesota Department of Health on how treat and remove head lice.  

Bedbugs
Bedbugs ares small insects that live generally live around the bed and bite  people at night when they are sleeping.  The bedbugs, like the mosquitoes, bite to get blood for food.  Bedbugs are brought into a home from luggage, clothing, used furniture or other items.  Bedbugs are not a sign of a dirty house.   
Mold
Mold is a fungus that grows naturally.  Mold growth in a home is not natural and can provide severe structure and health concerns. How serious the health issues are will depend on the person and amount of mold in the home.   The key to preventing mold growth is preventing the amount of moisture in the home.

Three main ways to control mold.
  • Identify the water/excess moisture source that is causing the mold. Dry up the area to reduce mold.
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture and reduce mold.
  • Mold can be easily cleaned from hard non-porous surfaces.
Mold in Rental Property
If you are a tenant living in a unit with a mold issue, you have the right to a livable and safe unit. Go to the Minnesota Attorney General website, and review section 15 on tenant rights for needed repairs. If a tenant feels that there are code violations, the city may be contacted. Scott County Public Health does not routinely do inspections.

Resources
Clean-up following floods and disasters usually includes mold issues. Resources include:

Further Information
For further information on a public health issue, contact Scott County Public Health at 952-496-8555.
PREVENT. PROMOTE. PROTECT.