Des Moines suspects bed bug saboteur planted bag of bugs in city building

by nobugsonme on July 21, 2010 · 8 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace

This is something I’ve been anticipating for years: the city of Des Moines, Iowa says a city building is infested with bed bugs, and they think the bugs were planted by a “bed bug saboteur.”

According to the Des Moines Register,

The parasitic pests were discovered about three weeks ago inside the city’s Armory Building, 602 Robert D. Ray Drive, City Manager Rick Clark said today.

Custodians found a small bag full of bugs on the floor in a hallway while they were cleaning.

“It appears somebody had an ax to grind,” Clark said. “It’s a repugnant thing that they did.”

Police are investigating the incident, but have no suspects, Sgt. Lori Lavorato said.

The building has been fumigated three times to eradicate the biting bugs, but the critters have not been entirely wiped out, Clark said.

On Friday after employees leave for the weekend, pest control contractors will use special equipment to heat the building to about 140 degrees in an attempt to kill the bugs, said Ben Page, assistant director of the city’s parks department, which manages municipal buildings.

Fumigation costs have run about $1,200 so far, Page said. The heating procedure will cost about $5,000.

Was a bag of bed bugs planted by a disgruntled employee?

Or perhaps by a citizen who was pissed off at a city agency?

Perhaps, even, a city agency that is responsible for housing?

We have only questions, at this point. However, I can safely say, this is a new development.

1 Winston O. Buggy July 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Unfortunatley this is not the first I have heard of this type of action and in fact am pretty sure I know of one case in which it did occur.

2 nobugsonme July 24, 2010 at 12:08 am


3 rick July 26, 2010 at 4:07 am

It’s bed bug terrorism. It’s almost like lighting fires. Once you start it, there is no controlling it or going back.
Maybe someone is pulling a prank, or they were seeking some kind of revenge on a person, organization or business, but doing what this person did is just stupid and very evil.
Innocent people can and will be affected by there inexcusable actions. Heavy fines and prison terms are deserved by anyone who would do this.

4 nobugsonme July 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

Yes, rick. This is a form of terrorism. It is a very bad idea.

5 Lou Howe August 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Economic terrorism comes in any form that causes us to change the way way we live our lives to feel safe.This could be a form,here and in the larger cities where the introduction of these bugs upsets peoples lives.

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