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The city of Chicago has claimed an honor that no city wants. They have been named the number one most bed bug infested city in the country according to data from Orkin Pest Control.
As expected, the city was not too happy with this distinction and has proposed an ordinance to toughen the fight against bed bugs. According to the current proposal, landlords could face fines of up to $1000 a day for failing to follow the correct procedures to eliminate bed bugs.
The proposal still needs work so that both landlords and tenants can share responsibility for treating the problem, but the fact that the issue is being addressed at all is a step in the right direction. Of course it is unfair to attempt to fine a landlord $1000 a day. They are not the ones who brought the bedbugs into the building and they can only do so much. As with any type of pest control, tenants also have to be willing to take proactive measures to remedy the problem.Suggested Reading: