Chicago vs. Bed Bugs

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

About

Our Purpose

  • Chicago vs. Bed Bugs advocates policy to control bed bug infestations in the city of Chicago. We’re following in the footsteps of New York vs Bed Bugs– the original bed bug policy advocacy group– and we humbly credit its founders and members for providing us with a wealth of information, resources, ideas, and support. We recognize that other major cities– San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati–actively advocate or already enforce bed bug policy. We also recognize that Chicago is a world-class city and is unquestionably capable of protecting its residents, its businesses, and its economy.

Our Mission: Phase One

  • Disseminate good information to and engage Chicago tenants in conversation so that they are aware of their rights and responsibilities because we want them to protect themselves, their possessions, their neighbors, and their landlords.
  • Disseminate good information to and engage Chicago landlords and property management companies in conversation so that they are aware of their rights and responsibilities because we want them to protect themselves, their investments, and their tenants.
  • Disseminate good information about pest management protocol to and engage Chicago pest management professionals in conversation so that they can share information with us about procedures, studies, and policies because we want our pest management professionals to succeed and generate earnings.
  • Disseminate good information to and engage Chicago businesses–particularly hotels– in conversation because we want them to continue to generate revenue for our city.
  • Contact and engage our city officials– our aldermen, our representatives, our congressmen– and our city departments in conversation because we need them to help us advocate good bed bug policy before Chicago’s bed bug infestations reach epidemic levels.
  • Contact and engage our Chicago resources– entomologists, PCOs, and media– in conversation so that they can help us disseminate good information to the public because, frankly, we are all in this together.

Our Beliefs

  1. Evidence indicates that Chicago bed bug infestations are on the rise.
  2. Bed bug infestations create serious quality of life concerns for Chicago residents and serious economic concerns for Chicago residents and Chicago businesses.
  3. Knowledge and enforcement of good protocol is the key to preventing and/or controlling bed bug infestations.
  4. No person can truly be held responsible for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are like colds: you catch them.
  5. No group of people is responsible for the re-emergence of bed bugs.
  6. We are all in this together.
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