A number of health effects may occur due to bed bugs including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment is otherwise symptomatic.
In the developed world, bed bugs were largely eradicated as pests in the early 1940s, but have increased in prevalence since about 1995. Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well. The exact causes of this resurgence remain unclear; it is variously ascribed to greater foreign travel, more frequent exchange of second-hand furnishings among homes, a greater focus on control of other pests resulting in neglect of bed bug countermeasures, and increasing resistance to pesticides. Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years.
The name "bed bug" is derived from the insect's preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts. They have however been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche and redcoat
The Bed Bug Registry, a public database of bedbug sightings in the U.S. and Canada, states that Chicago has nearly 500 bed bug reports.
Here are some of the reports within Rogers Park:
6830 N. Sheridan Road - 13 reports, most recent report is from today.
6633 N. Sheridan Road - 2 reports, most recent report on 6/29/2011
1243 W. Lunt Avenue - 1 report on 6/23/2011
6916 N. Lakewood Avenue - 2 reports, most recent report on 6/20/2011
6945 N. Ashland Blvd - 3 reports, most recent report on 6/13/2011
1705 W. Jonquil Terrace - 2 reports, most recent report on 6/11/2011
7738 N. Ashland Avenue - 1 report on 6/4/2011
1330 W. Estes Avenue - 1 report on 6/2/2011
Read all about a recent Rogers Park bed bug occurance at The RP & Beyond - Bed Bugs up in the RP.