Monday, October 4, 2010

Bed bugs found in USAID offices in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - Juvenile bed bugs have invaded a federal government building. The pests were discovered in a single office in the US Agency for International Development office tower at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

A spokesperson for the USAID wasn't able to say immediately how the bed bugs got into the building, but says there is no evidence they are present in other locations.

The news is troubling to many, including people heading to a restaurant at the Reagan Building.

"I don't want go in," said Debbie Hogue-Downing, who is visiting D.C. from Oklahoma. "It makes me a little leery about doing that."

"I think it confirms my fear that this is getting to be an epidemic, and that it's a problem that could happen anywhere,¿ said Linda Hampton.

USAID employees were notified of the problem in an e-mail, and given educational materials to help prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Officials say a professional pest control service, including a specialized K-9 team, has been called in to inspect USAID offices and nearby areas, and to identify a possible infestation. Any problems will be treated over the weekend with follow-up treatments as needed.

Bo Beodecker wonders if anything can stop the pests.

"I'm from New York. It's all over hotels. It's everywhere. It just seems to be everywhere right now," said Beodecker.

A bedbug's life is centered around blood, but some can live up to a year without feeding. USAID officials say that is why they plan to be proactive to prevent any future bed bug activity.

Sourced By: MAUREEN UMEH/myfoxdc

By: Bradley Skierkowski