Awful: Bed Bugs Infest Entire Building In Arlington Heights
by J. Patrick Coolican, LA Weekly August 2nd, 2010
Much of the frightening coverage of the return of the bed bug has
been focused on New York City. See, for instance, this New York magazine piece on bed bugs infesting upscale apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
But the bed bug is here, in all of its awfulness.
The Coalition for Economic Survival reports on efforts
by tenant leaders at Park Norton Apartments in the Arlington Heights
area to eradicate a building full of bed bugs. They're working with
reps from the office of Councilman Herb Wesson.
The landlord did a building-wide fumigation.
Unlike us, you may not have a neurotic fear and obsession with bed
bugs and so don't know much about them, and so you may not realize that
the building-wide fumigation likely won't get the job done. Bed bugs
are incredibly resilient. It's also not surprising that they would
infest the entire building, as they're travelers. Nor should you judge
either the landlord or the tenants for the infestation; as the New York
piece makes clear, bed bugs don't discriminate, hitting rich and poor
They were mostly eradicated by the now mostly illegal pesticide DDT
but have returned with a vengeance, aided by their ability to travel
and survive without food for long periods and then reproduce
prolifically. They eat human blood, at night. They survive in books,
furniture, clothing, luggage. They're disgusting, and they must be
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