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
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.
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,
and Arlington Heights.
Local universities such as Wheeling Jesuit University are
studying non toxic ways to fight the bed bug problem.
Bed Bugs in Chicago TheBedBugRegistryreports 435 consumer
reports of Bed Bugs as indicated on map
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How to Kill Bed Bugs in Chicago
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
(organic) or Bed
Bug Supply (insecticide).
Home treatment can cost as much as $3,000 or more.
- 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
2. Use the
Washing Machine and Dryer
- Wash clothes in hot water and then dry on high heat in the
minutes. Placing items in the freezer for 5 days will also
kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
Crevices and Cracks - Bedbugs like to hide in gaps between
the floor and walls are in joints of the bed frame.
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
Bug Patrol for Organic). On other items use a
longer lasting spray such as Bedlam
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.
Treatment - Sprays and the heat generated by a hand
steamer will kill bed bugs and eggs.
There are many sources of bed bug help in Chicago:
The Illinois Department
of Health can be contacted for
information on Bed Bugs and bed bug biology at
the Health, Division of
Health, 525 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62761, 217-782-5830, TTY
(hearing-impaired use only) 800-547-0466. They also offer a guide to bedbug prevention and control:
you have Bed Bug complaints, the should first be reported to the
municipality in which the infested location lies. If outside city
limits, complaints can be reported to the appropriate county health
department (not the state health department, i.e., IDPH).
City of Chicago
you have bed bugs in your apartment or want to report discarded
furniture or mattresses that you believe have bed bugs, dial 311 and
report the incident.
you would like to have an insect specimen examined for confirmation
that you have a bed bug problem, download and send the specimen with
provided by the Illinois Department of Health.
Chicago Bed Bugs Tenant Rights
If you have bed bugs in the Chicagoland area, call the Chicago tenants
rights hot line at 773.292.4988. Open M-F from 1-5pm.
inform you as to your rights and the latest landlord tenant laws
regarding bed bug extermination and who is responsible for treatment
and paying for bed bug treatment. You can also read their
helpful advice for tenants regarding bed bugs in Chicago, When
Bed Bugs Attack.
If you rent in Chicago, the family
assistance centers might be able to provide some help with
bed bugs in Chicago issues as well.
The City has also partnered with the Safer Pest Control project to
provide up to date information. Click here for the Chicago
Bed Bugs Information Center.
There are also resources for filing complaints against someone that
sold you infested furniture or a mattress. File complaints here.
Chicago Exterminators for Bed Bugs
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
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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