" Treating bed bugs in Chicago is made easier by the many available resources. Bedbugs are a growing problem as confirmed by a recent press release from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In a recent survey, Chicago was named as having the 5th largest bed bug problem in the United States. The Chicago Metropolitan Tenants Association receives approximately 200 tenant complaints per year. This site provides an overview of Chicago area resources, do it yourself suggesitons and tips for selecting Chicago based bed bug exterminators."
Treating bed bugs in Chicago is a common area of concern among residents. Areas where there are tourists are particularly susceptible as they travel in luggage. Recently a family in Chicago sued a local hotel complaining of bed bugs bites. to fight the problem Chicago and Illinois government offers several resources that could help apartment and home owners.
In a press release dated 2/24/09 the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a press release stating that "bed bugs are making a comeback in Illinois." They issued the release in reaction to an increase in the number of calls reporting bedbugs.
In the mean time, the best way to avoid bed bugs is to not carry them into the home or apartment. This includes the avoidance of used furniture and mattresses that may contain the bugs and inspect luggage when traveling before opening.
Bed bugs in Chicago have been reported at local universities such as Loyola and hotels all around Chicago including Naperville, Rosemont and Arlington Heights.
Local universities such as Wheeling Jesuit University are
studying non toxic ways to fight the bed bug problem.
Here are some basic steps for fighting bed bugs. If you go about it yourself, you will need to be armed with information so that you can spot bed bugs and bed bug eggs, and the several types of products needed. For example, sprays alone will not kill eggs. The most cost effective way to purchase products and the needed information is through a kit such as the one offered by Bed Bug Patrol (organic) or Bed Bug Supply (insecticide). Home treatment can cost as much as $3,000 or more.
For step by step instructions see our guide to how to kill bed bugs. A brief summary is as follows:
1. Clean - bed bugs can be picked up with a vacuum. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after cleaning outside of the home. Bed bug eggs cannot since they are attached to surfaces with a cement like substance. To kill eggs either steam or a knock down spray such as Sterifab is needed.
2. Use the Washing Machine and Dryer - Wash clothes in hot water and then dry on high heat in the dryer for 20 minutes. Placing items in the freezer for 5 days will also kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
3. Fill Crevices and Cracks - Bedbugs like to hide in gaps between the floor and walls are in joints of the bed frame.
4. Treat Mattresses and Box Spring - First treat mattresses with a knock down spray. Don't throw away your mattress. Purchase a mattress cover that states it protects against bed bugs such as the AllerZip Waterproof Bed Bug Proof Zippered Bedding Encasement. Be sure to also treat the box spring, bed frame and other furniture found near the bed. Check all cracks and crevices. On the mattress only use a mattress safe spray such as Sterifab (Bed Bug Patrol for Organic). On other items use a longer lasting spray such as Bedlam or Phantom.
5. Reduce Clutter - Bed bugs look for cracks to hide in. Throw out newspapers and magazines, since these are preferred hiding places. Seal items and plastic bags and dispose outdoors.
6. Steam Treatment - Sprays and the heat generated by a hand steamer will kill bed bugs and eggs. .
It is important that your selected pest control company has experience with bed bugs specifically. Given the high cost it pays to get several quotes. We suggest starting with members of the Service Magic Network (1.877.233.1145), since they have several locations in Chicago, and pre-screen members to make sure that they are licensed and insured. Members will provide up to 3 free quotes.
Readers can also search our online bed bug exterminator database.
A good exterminator will provide a quote, treatment plan and
review methods that will be used (chemicals, spray, steam, freezing,
heat etc.). Compare quotes as a thorough bed bug
extermination can take 2
workers all day to complete. Also be sure to get a guarantee
since 2 to 3 treatments are sometimes needed as well as a follow up
inspection by the exterminator. Asking for references from
satisfied customers that received bed bug treatment is also a good idea.
You can also check Angies List for consumer reviews of bed bug service in Chicago.
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