Bed Bugs in Chicago

Get information about bed bugs in Chicago, including resources on how to deal with the growing bed bug infestation problem in the City of Chicago.

Chicago the 5th Most Bed Bug Infested U.S. City

Bed bug infestations are on the rise in closely populated cities and Chicago is no exception, having been named the 4th most bed bug infested city in the United States, according to new data from the extermination company Terminix.

The 2012 bed bug report listed Philadelphia as the most bed bug infested city followed by Cincinnati and New York City with Ohio ranked as the most bed bug infested state.

No bigger than apple seeds, bed bugs have become a horrible epidemic in major cities simply because their infestations are spreading and affecting places such as hotels, office buildings, upscale stores, theaters to schools and houses.

If you are unlucky enough to even have the slightest encounter with bed bugs, you will know that their bites can leave red, irritating marks around the body and they are damn hard to get rid of once they have enter your home.

Bed Bug Growing Populations

Once thought to be almost eradicated from the United States after World War II, bed bugs are making a comeback on a scale that's never seen before.

Entomologists and experts believes that increases in international travel (with the bugs gifted ability to "hitch" rides in luggage and clothings) and restrictions on certain pesticides, like DDT, that were once used to treat bed bugs as possible contributing factors that may have caused a resurgence of the pest in major cities across United States and around the world.

Bed Bugs in Chicago

Bed Bugs in Chicago

While so far, there have been no exact figures of how large of an issue bed bugs are posing to the city of Chicago, but according to reports from the Chicago Tribune, the city of Chicago have seen a sharp rise in complaints about bed bugs to the city's 311 help line, with 1,478 bed bug complaints calls made in 2009 compared with 842 in the same period the year before.

Chicago's Metropolitan Tenants Organization, a nonprofit renters rights group, has also report a big increase in bed bug complaint calls in 2009 than the year before.

Chicago Bed Bugs Resources

City of Chicago: Information about Bed Bugs
Useful background information and bed bug fact sheets on how to protect yourself from bed bugs as well as landlords and building managers checklist about responding to the growing bed bug problem in the City of Chicago, available in both English and Spanish.

The Bed Bug Registry
Updates of the latest bed bug reports in Chicago.

The third annual North American bed bug summit, officially titled, "Bed Bug University: North American Summit 2012" will take place on Sept. 6-7 at the Red Rock Resort, Casino, and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada.

During this three day summit, attendees will be provided with a comprehensive look at the best bed bug management options from around the globe as well as hear the latest research and actionable strategies for bed bug control, legal protection, treatment cost containment, and much more.

For more information about the Bed Bug University North American Summit, or to request additional information, visit http://www.nabedbugsummit.com

Bed Bug Tips For Travellers

If you are travelling and booking into a hotel room, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Upon checking into your room, first place your bags on non-upholstered furniture such as the toilet basin or coffee table.
  • Next, pull back the bedding and inspect the mattress, box spring and headboard of your hotel bed to look for any signs of bed bugs or telltale bloodstains. Bed bugs are rusty-brown in color, with a obal shaped body and are about 1/4 inch long (about the size of an apple seed).
  • Even in the event that no bed bugs are sighted, as a precaution, don't leave anything on your bed or on the floor next to your bed, especially your bags and shoes since bed bugs can also live in the upholstery and carpet.
  • Some experts also recommend spraying the luggage with EPA-approved bed bug spray to prevent and kill any potential bugs.
  • Upon returning home, unpack your baggage one piece at a time in a brightly lit area away from your bed, sofa and upholstered furniture. Take out all of your washable items and wash them in hot water (minimum 120°F) for at least 20 minutes.

Bed Bugs Travel Prevention -- Additional checklists and tips to prevent bed bugs when travelling.

Trip Advisor -- Read reviews and bed bug reports of hotels in Chicago.

Professional Bed Bug Exterminator Service in Chicago

Chicago Bed Bug Exterminator

If you feel you are unable to take care of the infestation yourself, call a expert bed bug exterminator. A certified pest controller has the invested knowledge, training and equipments to help guarantee the success of the extermination of bed bugs from your property.

Given the high cost it take to exterminate bed bugs in Chicago, it is also adviseable that one should first get some quotes of qualified bed bug control professionals in your area.

 Click Here To Get Free Quotes From Pest Contractors in Chicago

Remember: It is important to select a pest control company that guarantee professionalism, reliability and intergrity since the cheapest price may not be always the best solution for you.


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