Out of an abundance of caution, the City evacuated the Courtroom this morning as a precautionary measure due to potential bed bug exposure. The courtroom is currently being treated and will be reopen to the public Thursday morning.
If you suspect that bedbugs are on your clothing, shoes and possessions, remove them while outside your home before bringing them indoors. Wash and dry your clothes and shoes in hot cycles right away.
If you suspect that you have brought bedbugs into your home, here’s what to look for over the coming days/weeks:
• Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
• Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
• Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Inspect the following areas:
• Around the bed, pull back the sheet covers to inspect near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.
• The seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains.
• Drawer joints.
• Electrical receptacles and appliances.
• Under loose wallpaper and wall hangings.
• At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet.
• Even in the head of a screw.
For more information on bedbugs and guidelines on controlling them: https://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/urban-pests/bedbugs/. You may also contact a professional exterminator, if needed.