Bed bugs reportedly found on 16th floor of Willis Tower

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Chicago’s most recognizable building has a tiny problem it is trying to shake.  Bed bugs were found on the 16th floor of the Willis Tower which is home to United Airlines.

Employees are complaining that they’ve been told very little about the infestation which is believed to be contained to an area on that floor.

The Willis Tower sent out two e-mails in late June but nothing else has gone out.

The June 23rd e-mail said, “The crew will use an environmentally-safe technique that ‘freezes’ the insects without using chemical insecticides.”

Jim Stavropoulos from Eco-Tech, which didn’t treat the Tower but is experienced in treating bed bugs says the problem with treating bed bugs in office buildings is that people are in and out all day.  They could potentially bring the bed bug back into the office repeatedly.

The Willis Tower brought in K-9’s to detect the infestation and exterminators have visited the site several times.  United says it will continue those efforts until the bed bugs are eradicated.

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  • R

    Wow! Maybe WGN should look into CPS schools, as well. As long as the city has a large infestation, everyone will be at risk. Maybe DDT shouldn’t be outlawed.

  • Tj Jelen

    The CEO Smisek is the biggest blood sucker no surprise the little critters belong with him.
    Yes they brought in exterminators but couldn’t rid themselves of Tilton and Smisek the biggest blood suckers at the company, we do wish they would be eradicated ASAP.
    So the employees could continue with their lives and retirements in an honorable fashion.

  • Jaye

    Good luck! Those bugs can travel from one apartment across the hall to another. Roaches used to be the problem years back but now it’s bed bugs.

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