Bed Bugs a New Foe for Chicago Police

Bed Bugs a New Foe for Chicago Police

The Chicago Police are used to handling big issues, but now they have a much smaller problem on their hands.

According to reports, bed bugs recently were found at the Public Safety Headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue on the city's south side.

Although city officials say they don’t know the source of the infestation, a police spokesman told CBS Chicago city crews are working to eradicate the bugs from the building.

The discovery comes just a few days after a Chicago Fire Station in the 1700 of North Pulaski reported its own case of bed bugs.

Like many major cities, Chicago has had its problems with bed bugs. In fact, pest control company Orkin named Chicago the worst city for bed bugs in the United States in 2012 and 2013. 

The spread of bed bugs became so pervasive in 2013 the Chicago City Council enacted legislation requiring apartment landlords to provide literature on bed bugs to all new tenants or those renewing leases. The ordinance also requires all condo associations to enact bed bug plans to deal with large infestations. 

Signs of bed bug problems

Bed bugs are not a serious health threat and are not known to transmit disease. In addition to living between the folds of mattresses, bed bugs can also be found in couches, chairs, behind loose wallpaper and in curtains. Bed bugs are active at night, and most people discover infestation after seeing signs on their bodies.

Here are some other signs of bed bugs: 

  • Bike marks — Bites are normally found on the body in groups of three. This pattern is caused as the bugs travel across the body.
  • Mattress stains — Red and brown stains near the headboard, corners and top of the mattress are signs that bugs are defecating where you sleep.
  • Sweet smell — A bed bug infestation can cause a sweet smell in the area where they have taken up residence. The smell has been compared to rotting fruit or raspberries.

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