Bed bug infestations are on the rise in Chicago. Arm yourself with preventative strategies as well as methods to detect any problems early.
difficult to treat, bed bugs can be
eliminated. There is no single act or remedy; rather, successful treatment
requires a multifaceted approach. The best results come from cooperation
between tenants and landlords.
mark the beginning of the new Bed Bug Ordinance in Chicago, we’re posting
resources for local tenants. Check back soon for updates.
At the first sign of bed bugs:
Call your landlord if you suspect
bed bugs are in your apartment.
Hayes Properties residents should call the office
immediately at 773-929-7050.
not purge your belongings. Throwing out furniture and mattresses doesn’t
get rid of bed bugs and can spread them throughout your apartment as well as
transmit them to others in your community.
clutter and secure any discarded items in a tightly closed plastic bag
before you bring them down to the trash.
your bedroom vacuumed, but do not leave the bag in the machine. Change it
frequently and discard it in a sealed plastic bag.
bedding and clothes in the dryer for a full cycle to kill the bugs. Dry on the hottest setting (“Normal” for Hayes’ laundry rooms) for one full
cycle. Bring items back up in a fresh, sealed laundry bag. Commercial dryers at
Laundromats reach very high temperatures and are especially good for pillows,
bedspreads, and bulky items.
6. Use care when bundling laundry. When
removing bed sheets, roll them down instead of pulling them off, put them in a
plastic bag to transport to the laundry room, and wash in hot water right away.