If you’re in Chicago, ally yourself at once with Chicago vs. Bed Bugs.
Its founder, Jessica Kevan, is working from the premise that we have to do something about the spread of bed bugs.
I will quote liberally from the group’s About page:
Our Mission (Phase One):
- We endeavor to 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.
- We endeavor to 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.
- We endeavor to disseminate good information about pest management protocol to and engage Chicago Pest Control Operators in conversation so that they can share information with us about procedures, studies, and policies because we want our PCOs to succeed and generate earnings.
- We endeavor to disseminate good information to and engage Chicago businesses–particularly hotels– in conversation because we want them to continue to generate revenue for our city.
- We endeavor to 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.
- We endeavor to 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.
What we hold to be true:
- Evidence indicates that Chicago bed bug infestations are on the rise.
- Bed bug infestations create serious quality of life concerns for Chicago residents and serious economic concerns for Chicago residents and Chicago businesses.
- Knowledge and enforcement of good protocol is the key to preventing and/or controlling bed bug infestations.
- No person can truly be held responsible for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are like colds: you catch them.
- No group of people is responsible for the re-emergence of bed bugs.
- We are all in this together.
As one of the co-founders and members of New York vs. Bed Bugs, I could not be happier to see this idea of bed bug activism catching on.
If you live in the City of Broad Shoulders, please get involved! If you don’t, change may not come.
If you don’t, stop by and give the group some support.
If you’re in New York, we need you over here too.
We are all in this together.