Bed Bug Information

The City of Chicago is committed to providing residents with the best information to protect themselves from bed bugs. Most experts agree that public education and awareness provides the best defense against bed bugs. The need for good education is reflected in the City’s Bed Bug Ordinance.  Go here to find out more information a about the ordinance.

The following fact sheets have been provided by Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), the City’s delegate agency for bed bug control. MPAC is a not for profit organization devoted to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by advocating for the use of Integrated Pest Management, or IPM – a proven, effective and economical method of pest control that aims to eliminate the root causes of the pest problem.  Go here for a list of MPAC’s free training opportunities both live and online or contact us at at or (312) 878-7378 for a customized workshop.*

Bed bugs can live almost anywhere, from apartment buildings to four star hotel rooms. A combination of the bed bug’s evolution, resistance to pesticides, global warming, and a lack of public awareness has hastened their spread. Bed Bugs are unlike other pests and are difficult to control without a full understanding of how to identify, prevent, and treat for them. Please review the information provided carefully.
Q: What are bed bugs?

A:  Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasites that feed on human blood. Adult bed bugs are about the size, shape and color of an apple seed.  They live wherever humans sleep, feed mostly at night, and can reproduce rapidly.

Picture of a bed bug

Q. Do bed bugs spread disease?

No research has linked Bed bugs to the spread of disease. Most health problems associated with bed bugs involve itching and infection from their bites and loss of sleep.

Find more  information on bed bugs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Bed Bug Information Clearing House, or from the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Bed BugFact Sheets

These fact sheets provides background information, facts, and control strategies, available in English and Spanish.

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet- English

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet- Spanish

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet- French

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet- Polish

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet - Mandarin

The Landlords Checklist gives landlords and building managers basic information about responding to the growing bed bug problem, available in English and Spanish.

Landlords Checklist- English

Landlords Checklist- Spanish

The Tenant Checklist gives tenants a checklist for things they can do if they suspect a bed bug problem available in English, Spanish, Chinese

Tenant Checklist-English

Tenant Checklist-Spanish

Tenant Checklist-Chinese

Tenant Checklist- French

Tenant Checklist- Polish

The Bed Bug Ordinance fact sheets provide some basic information to residents about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords according to Chicago’s bed bug ordinance.  For official City of Chicago information and resources on the ordinance, go here.

Bed Bug Ordinance Essentials

Bed Bug Ordinance for Tenants – English

Bed Bug Ordinance for Tenants – French

Bed Bug Ordinance for Tenants - Arabic

Bed Bug Ordinance for Tenants - Burmese

If you make a purchase of a mattress or other furniture in the City of Chicago and suspect bed bugs, you can file a consumer fraud complaint here.  There’s more information on about purchasing a mattress on the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website.

Purchasing A Mattress In Chicago Fact Sheet

Filing a Complaint

You can report instances of bed bug infestation in an apartment building or commercial building by calling 311 or by filing an online complaint with the Department of Buildings.

Upcoming Bed Bug Training and Events 

Need more help with your bed bug issues? Looking for training on bed bug management and prevention? Midwest Pesticide Action Center, Chicago's delegate agency on pest control, can help!*

Go here for a list of free training opportunities both live and online.

Email us at or call us at (312) 878-7378 for a customized workshop or more information.

*Brought to you with generous support from the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. 

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