Chicago aldermen push for bedbug ordinance

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The City Council’s Health and Housing Committees will consider a proposed ordinance Tuesday making landlords responsible for wiping out bedbug infestations.

Three aldermen are pushing for the law, calling bed bugs a public nuisance.

Under the measure, landlords would be forced to hire professional exterminators or face fines of up to one thousand dollars a day.

Orkin pest control recently said it does more bed bug treatments in Chicago than any other major city.

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  • Todd pardee

    Seems like bedbugs would be introduced by the tenants, not the landlord….make tenants or homeowners clean up their own bugs,
    And what about roaches? Mice? Rats? Pigeons? Feral cats?

  • Sally

    My work has bedbugs that were brought in by someone. We are all worried about what happens if we take them home. This sounds like it would be our problem & not where we got them from. Why should the people (usually poor that can not afford it) be responsible when we all know that our work has them? If the workplace does not get rid of them how is it our fault if we take them home? None of this sounds right to me. Seems to me the place that finds them should be responsible for getting rid of them & paying for any that spread to our homes, apartments, condos or where we live.

  • John

    Ironic that the city will require landlords to rid their buildings of bedbugs, when everyone who works at the downtown City and County buildings know that the buildings are themselves infested… office chairs, waiting room couches, etc… and the city/county refuses to exterminate! Typical bureaucrats.

  • Maria

    That's a wrong presumption, 3yrs ago I moved into an apt. that was infested. It took a few weeks for them to start attacking my family. I was also pregnant. My landlord refused to even acknowledge the problem. I fruitlessly paid for my apt. to be exterminated. Didn't help though because according to the exterminator the whole housing needed to be treated. I moved within six months after moving. My landlord never warned me about bed bugs and it wasn't the tenants fault. We lost out on a lot of money, and to this my whole family is still traumatized.

  • Dormaphaea

    You bring home bedbugs, you clean 'em up yourself. It is not the fault of the landlord. The problem lies with where ever you picked them up in the first place. Good grief. Chicago's Alderman are a confused lot, aren't they?

  • Kristen

    While bedbugs can migrate on people who carry them from hotels, offices,and past residences, many buildings have pre-existing infestations that have not been treated. Below is a local chicago website where residents list bed bug issues and a heat map is provided of where infestations currently exist. Perhaps some of the responsibility rests on a resident, but pre-existing infestations should be the responsibility of the landlord and that information should be divulged to current and future tenants. I suspect those above who place blame on residents have never had to deal with an infestation themselves. I'm sure you'd feel quite differently.

  • lisadove

    I sympathize with the land lords. Another case of ridiculous tenants rights. The problem is 95% misunderstanding of the pest. Look at their living habits. They spend little time in the bed. Spray the ceilings and entire space. wait the gestation period and spray again (freshly mixed). Usually a visit from a sedentary person, first introduces the bug. The bug can last a long time before feeding again. Don't bring items from the alley. You really need to study pest life patterns to eradicate them. Most people waist 95% of the chemicals.

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