SSA office infested with bed bugs

Friday - 8/27/2010, 12:58pm EDT

By Julia Ziegler
Federal News Radio

Bed bugs have infested the Social Security Administration's regional offices in Queens, N.Y. According to a post on FedBizOpps.gov, the agency is looking for a company to provide it with extermination services, including the use of a Bed Bug Heat Treatment Oven.

An SSA executive tells Government Computer News the bed bugs are affecting several offices in the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building and that the problem will be addressed as quickly as possible.

The ovens would be used to clean items such as clothing, books, papers, chairs and file cabinets in the office.

This isn't the first time the bugs have been found in that particular space. In December 2009, seven large file cabinets on five different floors in the building were infested.

According to Terminix, New York and Philadelphia top the bed bug infestation list. The tiny critters feed on human blood and can live up to a year.

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