Chicago vs. Bed Bugs

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

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Damen between Lawrence and Wilson 01/01/09

Damen and Leland 01/01/09

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.

An Example

  • If you’ve got a minute, take a peek at the short YouTube video about Cincinnati’s 2008 Bed Bug Conference below.  It’s a good example of just one way a city can practice policy to control bed bug infestations.  And it’s a good example of something we’d like to help our city accomplish, and soon.


Our Pages

  • Activism: A list of tasks we’re working on to accomplish phase one of our mission, which is all about disseminating good information about bed bug infestations in the City of Chicago.  We cross them off as we complete them, so stay tuned! *Updated 12/26/08.
  • Resources: You can find all sorts of information here– local resources to contact if you’re dealing with bed bugs, general information about bed bugs, laws, policies, procedures, professional and scholarly research, and lots more. *New resources added 12/20/08.
  • Blog: This is where we’ll post articles about current and relevant issues– bed bugs in the news, progress in other cities, and our own progress as we accomplish our goals.  Feel free to comment on our articles on this page if you like.  We’d love to hear what you’re thinking!
  • Discuss: This page is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a place where you can talk about bed bugs, and receive support and feedback.  We invite you to begin or join a conversation by leaving a comment here.  You can do so anonymously if you want to.
  • Photographing Chicago’s Story: We’re documenting the rapid increase in bed bug infestations in Chicago by capturing photos of discarded mattresses, box springs, luggage, etc.  View the pictures we’ve taken here, and feel free help us by taking photos of your own and sending them to us at the email address listed on our Join page.  *New photos added 01/02/09.
  • Join: A (short, but growing!) list of our advisers and members.  If you’d like to join us in our mission and help us accomplish any of the tasks listed on our Activism page, please contact us at the email address listed here.

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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