Bed bugs infest multiple Chicago offices

October 29, 2010

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 […]

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Bed bugs infest Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago

May 4, 2010

In the past two and a half weeks, seven bed bugs have apparently been found on all three floors (and in different rooms) of Chicago’s Vaughn Occupational High School. Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly common problem in schools (these stories represent just some examples). Chicago’s CBS 2 reports that Two-hundred and thirty students attend […]

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Safer Pest Control Project bed bug training in Chicago and Milwaukee

April 25, 2010

Two bed bug educational events are coming up this week in Chicago and Milwaukee, run by the Safer Pest Control Project. I am reproducing the content of their flyers here, but you can see the originals and register via the SPCC site. Who is this workshop for? • Hotel owners, operators or managers • Landlords […]

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Chicago investigates sales of new and refurbished bed bug infested mattresses

November 12, 2009

The City of Chicago has been investigating sales of new and refurbished mattresses which are infested with bed bugs, and has closed one store,  NBC Chicago reports. At least five stores in the Chicago area sold new or refurbished mattresses containing bedbugs, city officials said Thursday. The stores include Mike’s Furniture, Best Mattress Company, TC […]

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Bed bug educational event in Chicago

November 3, 2009

The Safer Pest Control Project is holding an educational event about bed bugs on Weds. Dec. 2, 2009.  It’s not for everyone — the cost is $125!  But it may be of interest to people who run housing and other services and need to learn how to plan to prevent and detect bed bugs. Consider […]

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Family sues Chicago area Holiday Inn over bed bug infestation

July 23, 2009

A family is suing a hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare airport after allegedly encountering bed bugs in the hotel, suffering from bed bug bites, and bringing bed bugs  home with them. CBS 2 reports, The suit, which names First Hospitality Group, Inc., Holiday Inn Select-Chicago O’Hare and Rosemont RREF, LLC as defendants, claims the Holiday Inn […]

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Cincinnati woman encounters bed bugs in a suburban Chicago Sheraton

May 5, 2009

The Chicago news media is all aflutter with the story of a Cincinnati woman who encountered bed bugs at an Arlington Heights, Illinois Sheraton. The local health department says it’s the second complaint they’ve had this year (not sure if that’s at the Sheraton or in all of Arlington Heights). Ten rooms at this hotel […]

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Bed bugs in the news in Chicago; State of Illinois Department of Public Health takes action on bed bugs

February 27, 2009

The State of Illinois is beginning to recognize the severity of its bed bug problem. It issued a press release Tuesday which noted that “The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeing an increase in the number of calls from the public and from local health departments about bed bug infestations,” said Dr. Damon T. […]

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Chicago’s 1909 “Crib Fire” which killed 50 men, may have been due to bed bugs

February 17, 2009

On January 20, 1909, fifty working men perished, after the structure they were living on caught fire. The “crib” was a wood-and-brick structure the men lived on for weeks at a time while building a brick-lined tunnel under the lake. They were paid $1-$2 a week and were mostly Irish immigrants. Historians think the fire […]

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Chicago vs. Bed Bugs interviews Smithereen Pest Management

January 28, 2009

An excellent interview with a Chicago pest control firm about their bed bug work, and the rapid spread of bed bugs. Jessica of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs asks brilliant questions and Smithereen provides some very insightful answers. I strongly encourage you to check it out! Smithereen Pest Control‘s website Bedbugger Forum posts referencing Smithereen Pest […]

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Forget bed bugs “over there” in Cincinnati. Look in your own sofa cushions!

January 6, 2009

This in a new article from WLWT NBC 5 in Cincinnati: Dr. Camille Jones, assistant health commissioner for the Cincinnati Health Department, said the city’s bedbugs have gained fame not because its problem is worse than other cities, but because local officials have more aggressively tackled the problem. “We’re trying to get ahead of it, […]

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Why bed bugs are taking over Chicagoland

December 26, 2008

Well, perhaps that’s not fair. I am sure there are loads of reasons why bed bugs are spreading around Chicago. The lack of assistance from city agencies is only one contributing factor. Jessica of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs has a disturbing post today about what happens when you call 311 to report bed bugs in […]

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