Aldermen: Bedbugs are a Public Nuisance

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A public nuisance.

That’s what several Chicago aldermen are calling bedbugs, and are considering ways on Tuesday to get rid of them.

A city council committee is looking at a proposal that would make landlords responsible for hiring licensed professionals to terminate any bedbug infestations. Those who don’t comply would face fines of up to $1,000 a day. Condo and co-op boards would also have to prepare pest management plans. Tenants would have to notify landlords if there’s a bedbug problem.

“We don’t want this problem to get any worse. So, I think it’s important that we are proactive and try to get something on the books. There are lots of other cities that do have ordinances and I think it’s important that Chicago does as well,” said Ald. Debra Silverstein, 50th Ward.

“I think the ordinance as it sits now is one-sided to forcing the property management do everything, but there’s no responsibilty built in for the titleist,” said Daniel Wondaal of Allied Services.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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  • sharong4

    Stop importing and letting everybody into this country and maybe, just maybe we can get rid of the bedbugs. I have never seen one until I moved into the apt I am in now. For 60 years, I have never had any bedbugs. At least the landlord is trying to do something about it.

  • Elle

    Landlords usually don't infest a property with bedbugs, tenants do. The responsibility should be placed on the tenant as well. As an experienced Property Manager and Landlord, It takes a lot of planning and physical work to prepare for a bedbug infestation treatment. If the tenant does not cooperate, it's almost impossible to get rid of them. This causes landlords hundreds if not thousands of dollars just because the tenant did not do the work necessary for treatment and is not ready on extermination day.

  • colleenw67

    The building that I lived in had a problem and took no delay in getting canines to investigate. I spoke with the manager because I was worried about dogs being in my apartment. Even though the manager assured us that the vendor was one their company used before, I stayed home that day. The experience was great, not only because I didn’t have bed bugs but also the dogs caught a low infestation next door that was managed better than if it had gotten out of control. I only remember the logo DBB with a Big Blue Dog on the staff shirts. And orange rolling carts that the dogs stayed in because this company apparently rotates the dogs for the best inspection because the dogs should not go too long. Let's face it the process needs to be humane. The dog company staff was nice enough to take time to explain things.

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