Bed bugs infest multiple Chicago offices

by nobugsonme on October 29, 2010

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, chicago

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday about recent infestations of bed bugs in offices in the city:

JPMorgan Chase had a small issue with bedbugs about two weeks ago in its Chase Tower at 10 S. Dearborn St., a company spokesman confirmed.

Last week, Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters finished treating all 20 floors of its building at 125 S. Clark St. after an employee reported bites.

And late last month, a “government office in the Loop” brought in Meron Kahssai, resident bedbug expert with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, to educate employees about dealing with bedbugs after the office had an infestation.

Some of us might argue there’s no such thing as a “small issue with bed bugs.”

A Fool Too LongThe Tribune reports that three cubicles in the JP Morgan offices were treated with steam and spray treatments.  (That’s Chase Tower in the photo at left.)

The Chicago Public Schools headquarters were treated with thermal remediation — a good way to get rid of bed bugs quickly, though workers must be educated about how to prevent future outbreaks.

It’s great to hear that the mysterious “government office in the Loop” brought in the Metropolitan Tenants Organization to educate employees about bed bugs; this organization is one we recommend in our resources page to tenants who need advice in Chicago.

As the MTO’s website states,

If you have bed bugs in the Chicagoland area, call the Chicago tenants rights hotline at 773.292.4988. Open M-F from 1-5pm.

Chicago tenants can call 311 to report bedbugs. However, I’d call the tenants’ rights hotline run by the MTO first, to get advice on your specific rental situation and the local laws.

Here are more articles about bed bugs in Chicago.

Here are more articles about bed bugs in the workplace.

Photo of 10 S. Dearborn above: A Fool Too Long by swanksalot (Seth Anderson), used under a Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.


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