Chicago vs. Bed Bugs

Advocating policy to control the spread of bed bugs in the City of Chicago

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Quote(s) of the Week

Posted by Jessica on November 12, 2008

Yeah, I’m liking this concept, so it might become a staple around here.

Anyway, Kevin Hall, communications officer for the Lexington-Fayette County Health department, absolutely nailed it when he spoke with’s Lexington Herald Leader about a bed bug infestation at a senior citizen housing facility called Ballard-Griffith Towers in Lextington, Kentucky:

This is not just a Ballard-Griffith problem. This is not just a housing authority problem.  This is not just a Lexington problem.  There is a global resurgence of this insect, and we’re doing everything we can to address it.

When Kevin Hall says that “we” are doing everything “we” can to address it, he’s not kidding.  Lexington’s WTVQ 36 News says

Over the past couple of weeks the complaints about bed bugs being in the Ballard Griffith Towers were so bad it caused the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority, the Health Department and the Lexington Mayor’s office to get involved.

Okay, folks, I’m taking notes.  Obviously, we need to add a few tasks to our Activism page:

  1. Find out how bed bug complaints get qualified as “so bad” that three separate city departments are compelled to get involved in treating an infestation– is it the volume of calls or the details of the complaints?
  2. Find out what number Chicagoans can dial to register bed bug complaints (I experimented with 311, and it was a frustrating experience to say the least, but I’ll save that story for another post).
  3. Post that phone number all over our website and encourage readers to register complaints that hopefully qualify as “bad” enough to involve the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Office, and maybe even the Department of Streets and Sanitation, if we’re really lucky!!!

Kevin Hall, you nailed it.  And, apparently, so did Lexington, Kentucky.  Chicagoans, we are all in this together.  It’s time for us and for our city to nail it, too.


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