Chicago vs. Bed Bugs

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

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What do we mean, exactly, when we say we advocate policy to control the spread of bed bugs in the City of Chicago? Well, the idea isn’t all that original– it’s something that’s happening in cities all across our country, and in Canada, too. So, what is bed bug policy? What actions could the City of Chicago take to protect its residents and businesses and save itself a whole lot of money in the long run? Here’s what policy to control the spread of bed bug infestations looks like, courtesy of a few cities that happen to be way ahead of our own. For now.

Bed Bug Policy in Other Cities, States, and Countries:

  • New York City Council Bed Bug Bill Int. No. 873: New York’s latest effort to join the ranks of other cities. This bill, introduced to city council in November 2008, focuses on some critical issues, like property management and/or landlord involvement, education, and training; a citywide toll-free hotline for reporting and tracking bed bug infestations; mandatory training and certification for professionals provided and regulated by the City of New York.
  • New Jersey Quigley/Spencer/Smith Bill: New Jersey’s stepping up, too. This bill was released to the New Jersey Assembly Speaker in December 2008. If passed, the bill will hold landlords and property managers financially responsible for eliminating bed bug infestations in the State of New Jersey. The bill will enforce fines in cases of noncompliance, and allows local boards of health to conduct exterminations in those cases and bill non-compliant landlords accordingly.
  • Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2008: And one from our Congress. This is a bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 15, 2008. The purpose of the bill is “To establish a grant program to assist States in inspecting hotel rooms for bed bugs”.

Bed bug policy in our city:

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