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The federal building that houses the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington is the latest high-profile facility to report bed bugs, the Associated Press reports.

Associated Press | October 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — The federal building that houses the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington is the latest high-profile facility to report bed bugs, the Associated Press reports.

USAID officials told employees this week that juvenile bedbugs were found in a single office at the agency's tower in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. There were no signs of the bugs elsewhere in the building.

Officials said that a pest control service would inspect offices and that any infected areas would be treated over the weekend. They also said USAID and the General Services Administration will continue to be proactive to prevent any future bedbug activity.

The blood-feeder bugs are not known to transmit any diseases. But their bites can cause infections and allergic reactions in some people.

Source: Associated Press

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***Update 10/5****
Treatment Set at USAID office

The Washington Post reported that the two areas of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center infiltrated by bed bugs will be treated by pest control experts today, five days after the pests were found, officials said.

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 Friday and planned to treat them with an aerosol, steam and liquid mixture.

USAID scheduled the treatment for Tuesday after clearing workers and furniture from the area and ensuring that the bugs had not spread, a spokeswoman said. 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.

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