It doesn't matter that offices don't have beds.

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CHICAGO — Bedbugs have made the leap from apartments and homes to downtown office buildings and government headquarters.

J.P. Morgan Chase had a “small issue” with bedbugs about two weeks ago in its Chase Tower in Chicago, a company spokesman confirmed.

The Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters finished treating all 20 floors of its building at 125 S. Clark St. after an employee reported bites.

And late last month a “government office in the Loop” brought in Meron Kahssai, resident bedbug expert with Metropolitan Tenants Organization, to educate employees about dealing with bedbugs after the office had an infestation.

It doesn’t matter that offices don’t have beds.

The bloodsucking pests, which are making a comeback nationally, can easily hitch a ride on purses and coats from infested homes or hotels and burrow into furniture and files at work.

“There is no discriminating between a large office and a small office, a rich firm (or) poor firm,” said David Harris-John, vice president of Smithereen, a pest control company that started receiving calls about bedbugs in Chicago offices about four months ago.

The flat, wingless creatures, which are less than a quarter of an inch long, are notoriously difficult to kill because they’re resistant to many pesticides. The bugs rapidly reproduce and can survive on a single meal (of your blood) for up to one year. They’re best known for settling into mattresses and biting people while they sleep. But the bugs can hide anywhere.

The city of Chicago has seen a sharp uptick in complaints about bedbugs to the 311 help line in the past year, usually from apartment building tenants angry that their landlords haven’t fixed the problem.

It’s unclear how large of an issue bedbugs are in Chicago offices and government buildings because there is no requirement to report the bugs to city agencies since the bugs don’t carry disease. Chase said the infestation affected just three of its cubicles.

Some pest control and health experts expect the problem to grow and want to make sure that building managers properly exterminate bedbugs so infestations don’t explode throughout Chicago like they have in New York City.

In recent months, New York has battled bedbugs in many businesses including an AMC movie theater in Times Square, a Victoria’s Secret store on Lexington Avenue and the offices of Elle Magazine and the Brooklyn district attorney, according to news reports.

While most attention is paid to bedbugs in apartments, hotels and homes, their tendency to hitchhike on humans and their belongings means the bugs will inevitably end up wherever people go.

One of the biggest challenges is properly exterminating the bugs, and doing so before an infestation is out of control, said Rachel Lerner Rosenberg, executive director of Safer Pest Control Project, a nonprofit with a mission to reduce pesticide use in Illinois.

Experts agree that bedbugs are not like roaches — simple sprays won’t control the problem.

Many pest control companies have resorted to using heat or steam to kill bedbugs and their eggs, because both usually cannot survive temperatures greater than 120 degrees.

Some firms use a technique called “thermal remediation” where an entire room is heated to greater than 120 degrees. It can be expensive; 1,200 to 1,500 square foot space, the size of a two-bedroom apartment, would cost about $1,200.

That’s what was used at Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters, said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Furniture and carpet can also be steamed at high temperatures. Chase used steamcleaning and some sprays to take care of bedbugs in its three cubicles, said spokesman Tom Kelly.

Rick Moskovitz, who owns A-Plus Pest Control, said his crews check for bedbugs and eggs in drawers, creases of furniture and behind pictures that hang on walls before starting treatment.

Dogs also have been used to identify hot spots of infestation.

Meron Kahssai, with Metropolitan Tenants Organization, advises people not to be embarrassed by the stigma often attached to the pesky creatures.

Bedbugs do not infest homes or offices because of a lack of sanitation, she said. Just one pregnant, adult female bug introduced into a home can create an infestation of 30,000 bugs in just six months, she said.

That’s why employees should be encouraged to report bedbug sightings immediately and building managers should line up pest control experts as soon as possible.

“This is not a pest you can manage on your own,” she said.

Bedbugs 101

— Adult bedbugs are flat, oval-shaped and wingless.

— They move about by hitching a ride on people and their things.

— Bites can cause red bumps and itching but many people don’t react to bedbug bites.

— Bedbugs like to live in dark, hidden places such as baseboards, creases in furniture and behind cabinets.

Can your pest control company handle bedbugs?

Questions to ask:

— Will they assess the building and do an inspection to know where the bugs are located?

— Do they offer steam cleaning or other heat treatments?

— Do they only recommend pesticides for bedbugs? Pesticides alone won’t likely work.

— After treatment will they provide service reports and recommendations to keep bedbugs at bay?