Bedbugs found in the Reagan Building
Updated 6:12 p.m. ET
Two areas of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center infiltrated by bedbugs will be treated by pest control experts on Tuesday, five days after the critters were found, according to officials.
Juvenile bed bugs were found Thursday in an office tower occupied by the U.S. Agency for International Development and a nearby closet, the agency said. Pest control experts inspected the affected areas on Friday and planned to treat the areas with an aerosol, steam and liquid mixture on Tuesday.
USAID scheduled the treatment for Tuesday after clearing personnel and furniture from the area and ensuring the bugs had not spread to other offices, a spokeswoman said.
"GSA and USAID are working proactively to eradicate the pests and prevent their spread to other areas of the building," the agencies said in a joint statement.
Workers will be able to reoccupy the affected offices four hours after they are treated and pest control experts will reinspect the area with specially trained dogs in three weeks, USAID said.
Employees learned of the bedbugs and plans to treat the affected areas in an e-mail sent Thursday (see below).
The Reagan building is located in downtown Washington and is one of the largest federal installations in the country. It also houses offices of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. EPA offices are bedbug-free, according to a spokesman.
Bedbugs are blood-feeders that do not transmit diseases, but can cause allergic reactions and infections. The critters are turning up in all sorts of places across the country, including movie theaters, radio studios, newsrooms and apartment buildings.
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E-MAIL SENT TO USAID STAFFERS:
E X E C U T I V E M E S S A G E
Subject: Pest Control in the RRB
This message is to inform you of an item of concern related to an isolated population
of pests that were discovered in the RRB. In one single office suite in the USAID
office tower, juvenile bed bugs have been identified. We have no evidence that they
are present in any other location. Nevertheless, on Friday, October 1st at 10:00, GSA
will be utilizing a professional pest control service, including a specialized K-9 team, to
inspect this USAID office space. GSA will also be investigating adjacent areas, janitorial
closets, and restroom facilities to identify any additional infestation areas.
We ask that, in light of this announcement, you read the attached information for your
general education. Please help us all share responsibility in managing this issue in the future
by paying special attention to the fourth item listed in the attached document, entitled
"PREVENTION." This section is included in order to help you understand and prevent
any future Bed Bug activity.
USAID will continue to be proactive in protecting our employees by working with GSA
to deal with this isolated case.
If you have questions or suspect any additional pest activity in your areas, please contact
Peter Garcia, M/MS/FMD, (202) XXX-XXXX.
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