50th Ward to Host Bed Bug Ordinance Information Session
November 20, 2013
Alderman Silverstein will host an informational workshop to explain the new bed bug ordinance, provide general bed bug information and describe treatment best practices.
All tenants, landlords, condo owners and others interested in learning about the ordinance are invited to hear lectures by the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Buildings, Chicago Department of Law and the Rogers Park Builders' Group.ent best practices.
Bed Bug Ordinance materials are now available for landlords
"Preventing Bed Bug Infestations"
The City of Chicago has posted the informational brochure that is required for landlords to provide to tenants. You can find the brochure on their Bed Bugs page by clicking here, or go directly to the document by clicking here.
December 3: Bed Bugs in Chicago
General awareness training
Registration is now open for our short-format, general awareness bed bug training "Bed Bugs in Chicago." The next event will be held on December 3rd at the Little Village Library, located at 2311 S. Kedzie Ave. This free training will give attendees the basics on bed bugs and what they need to know to control them. Click here to register on Brown Paper Tickets now!
Rockford-Area Beating Back Bed Bugs Workshop
Registration now open!
Registration is open for MPAC's first ever Rockford-Area Beating Back Bed Bugs Workshopon December 5th at Rock Valley College. This workshop is designed for the managers of facilities. Those in key positions to make policy and protocol decisions related to the management of facilities need an indepth knowledge of the bed bugs to create a workable plan for controlling them. This workshop will provide that guidance by addressing the issue by facility type in four separate breakout sessions.
Registration is now open! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to sign up or download and send in a the registration form.
On June 5th, 2013 Chicago became one of the first U.S. cities to pass a comprehensive bed bug ordinance. Midwest Pesticide Action Center has long advocated for the city to pass an ordinance starting with our report, "Bed Bugs: Making the Case for a Comprehensive Approach" submitted to the mayor's office in 2011. Sponsored by Ray Suarez of the 31st Ward, Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward, and Debra Silverstein of the 50th Ward this ordinance is a huge step in the right direction. The ordinance goes into effect in December 2013.
Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance: Safer Pest Control Project’s Perspective
On January 29th 2013, three aldermen, Ray Suarez (31st Ward), Harry Osterman (48th Ward) and Debra Silverstein (50th Ward) held a joint hearing to discuss a bed bug ordinance that will be introduced to the Chicago City Council. We support the passage of the ordinance. It is paramount that the city tackles this bed bug issue at an institutional level with a comprehensive, collaborative and well-funded plan.
Bed bugs are a tricky pest to control. Successful treatment requires early action, a coordinated effort between tenants, landlords and pest control providers, and, most importantly, education. As the City of Chicago’s delegate agency for bed bugs, we provide essential bed bug outreach and training to those affected by this tenacious pest.
We care about this issue because people often overuse and misuse pesticides while treating for bed bugs. Pesticides are toxins that not only trigger asthma, but are also linked to a host of significant health effects in children such as cancer, birth defects and learning problems. Safer Pest Control Project is providing technical assistance to the aldermen and City of Chicago as the ordinance is being revised and improved.
To access Safer Pest Control Project’s free bed bug resources, visit our residential page here.
Thank you! Chicago-Area Bed Bug Workshop for Managers
Held at U.S. EPA's Chicago Offices on April 10th, 2013.
Thank you to those who attended our Chicago-Area Bed Bug Workshop for Managers on April 10th. Look out for an email from us about the workshop materials in the next week.
BITE BACK! You Can Control Bed Bugs
Free poster available for download
This free poster, developed in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is designed for use in multi-unit housing and easily shows tenants what to look for and precautions to take to better control the bed bug problem. Also available in Spanish. Download it for free on the right-hand side of this page.
Integrated Pest Management: A Guide for Affordable Housing
Integrated Pest Management: A Guide for Affordable Housing is a new resource from the Northeastern IPM Center that will help affordable housing managers, owners, and agents use integrated pest management (IPM) to contend with a variety of urban pests in their facilities. It will also serve as a useful tool for anyone seeking to integrate IPM practices into a residential pest management strategy. The entire guide is available here.
Got Bed Bugs in Chicago?
Be sure to report!
In the city of Chicago you can report a bed bug infestation in an apartment or commercial building by calling 311 or by filing an online complaint with the Department of Buildings.
If you have purchased an item in Chicago that you believe to be bed bug infested, such as a mattress or another piece of furniture, you can file a consumer fraud complaint.
Flip Chart and Script for Community Educators & Others
Chicago, more than ever, needs to spread the word about the reappearance of bed bugs on the housing scene. SPCP has tried mightily to do this but one small organization can't do it alone. We need your help.
This light hearted video about a serious subject was recorded at our Ladybug Bash in October 2010. This song is our fanciful attempt to deliver the message of Integrated Pest Management for bed bug control.
Bed Bug Checklists Now Available
More resources to help control bed bugs
We've created action-oriented checklists to help you battle, and beat, bed bugs.
Cockroaches are not only disgusting, they also have serious health impacts. Living with cockroaches can: (1) cause asthma; (2) trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions; (3) spread bacteria and disease; and, (4) cause structural damage. You can find cockroaches in many places including homes, offices, schools, childcares, grocery stores, restaurants, warehouses, etc. But how can we control them without making ourselves even sicker?
No matter where you live-- in an apartment, house or dorm room-- there's something most of us have in common - a desire to have a home free of ants, mice, and other pests. Integrated Pest Management offers a method of getting rid of these pests while avoiding the use of pesticides that could have serious health consequences.
This month, Chicago has received some unwanted attention related to bed bugs. Safer Pest Control Project recently offered our viewpoint on this issue in the New York Daily News and CBS Chicago. Just like in any other big city, bed bugs are a serious issue for the residents of Chicago. Safer Pest Control Project offers free bed bug-specific resources for residents, renters, landlords, and others on ourresidential page.
BITE BACK! You Can Control Bed Bugs
Free poster available for download
This free poster, developed in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is designed for use in multi-unit housing and easily shows tenants what to look for and precautions to take to better control the bed bug problem. Also available in Spanish, Polish, and Chinese. Download your copy on our residential page.
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