What happened to USAID's bedbugs?
The Ronald Reagan Building is bedbug-free, at least for now.
Pest experts cleared the nasty critters out of the offices of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday evening, according to the General Services Administration, which owns and operates the building. Pest specialists also found no trace of the blood-sucking bugs in other nearby rooms, GSA said.
"It's been addressed completely and successfully," GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said Thursday in a conversation with reporters, adding that federal workers can rest assured that GSA owned and operated facilities are bedbug-free.
USAID and GSA literally sent in the dogs to sniff out the bedbugs last Friday, according to an e-mail sent to USAID workers on Monday and obtained by Al "In the Loop" Kamen (see below). The K9s (do we call pest-sniffing dogs K9s?) located the bugs in two cubicles and a nearby closet on the fourth floor of the Reagan Building:
From: EXECUTIVE MESSAGE (M/MPBP/POL)
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 11:40 PM
To: ALL WASHINGTON USERS Mail List (USAID)
Subject: Bed Bugs in the Workplace
E X E C U T I V E M E S S A G E
Subject: Bed Bugs in the Workplace
This notice is to provide further information about the presence of bed bugs within USAID space in the RRB and to advise employees of the actions being taken to eliminate them quickly and completely. At this point, the problem appears to be present only in two cubicles and a closet on the fourth floor. USAID senior management has notified AFSA and AFGE and affected employees of the situation and the planned next steps to resolve the problem. The General Services Administration (GSA), who oversees our building, and USAID are working proactively to eradicate the pests and prevent their spread to other areas of the building.
After receiving a complaint from an employee regarding a potential pest control problem, GSA was notified and an inspection of the space was requested. The inspection on Friday, October 1 with K9 detection dogs went well and identified a small and localized problem. The team inspected the whole Bureau, including its front office and all conference rooms. Three small contiguous areas were identified as possibly being infested.
GSA's contracted pest control company came to the RRB that evening to inspect the
affected areas and develop an action plan. The company will return October 5, at 7:00 p.m. to administer a series of treatments to the areas. The two cubicles and a small storage closet will be treated with an aerosol spray, steam, and a liquid mixture. The area will be able to be reoccupied four hours after treatment, and employees will be able to work normally the next day. Approximately three weeks after the treatment, the area will be re-inspected to ensure that there are no residual problems.
Senior management will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.
Point of Contact: Eric Leonard, M/AS/FMD, (202) xxx-xxx, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| October 7, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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