Conference in Chicago Examines Bug Problem

September 21, 2010

I recently told you that Chicago was #5 on a list of the 15 most bedbug-infested cities in the nation.

At least we’re not bedbug central.

Chicago will be bedbug central starting today when the first annual BedBug University: North American Summit comes to town.

Hosted by Bedbug Central, the two-day conference, which is being held at the Hyatt Rosemont on River Road in Rosemont, is completely sold out and there is a waiting list. The cost to attend the conference is $399.

The convention will focus on the resurgence of the little critters and provide the most advanced treatments. The nation’s utmost experts will be on hand along with the largest gathering of industry vendors and bed bug service providers ever assembled.

Bed bugs are everywhere. They feed off human blood; they travel into your home in backpacks, purses, suitcases, clothing and more; and they live in mattresses, box springs, curtains, furniture and more.

One of the reasons these bloodsuckers are increasing in population is because there is so much international travel these days. And, like lice, the bugs are building up a resistance to the chemicals in the treatments.

Bed bugs don’t carry disease and usually cause no health issues, but they are still an issue. And they are gross. Let’s hope this summit comes up with new ways to eliminate a bug problem that hasn’t been around in this quantity since World War II.

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