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.