Bedbugs seen in city court, offices

 

One Government Center, Toledo Municipal Court treated

Exterminators were working late Wednesday to get rid of bedbugs spotted inside Toledo Municipal Court and One Government Center downtown.

Lisa Falgiano, court administrator, said exterminators sprayed the entire court building at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

“We treated a room last week for bedbugs and we treated a courtroom yesterday,” she said. “We are going to go ahead and treat the whole building just because we don’t know what is going on. We don’t have an infestation.”

Both visitors to the building and court workers have recently noticed the bugs, Ms. Falgiano said.

“Two or three times a year, we will have a member of the public come in and we will see [the bugs] jumping off of them. That is rare, but it does happen a couple times a year,” she said.

Rick Akeman, administrator of facility operations for the city, called Frame’s Pest Control Inc. of Sylvania to treat the court building just after it closed to the public at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The company charges $125 per room before 6 p.m. and $175 a room beginning at 6 p.m., he said. Because it was not yet known Wednesday evening how many rooms would need to be treated, the total cost was not yet known.

“They usually have a contract for normal treatments,” Mr. Akeman said. “Bedbugs are an isolated treatment that you cannot do a preventive treatment for.”

Court officials informed city prosecutors working in the courthouse that the critters were present but no one reported receiving bites, Toledo Law Director Adam Loukx said.

“I suspect any bedbugs are a problem,” Mr. Loukx said. “They are insidious little creatures and part of life, unfortunately.”

Spokesmen for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, which owns One Government Center, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Mr. Akeman said the 22-story building that houses city and Lucas County offices “had an isolated incident” with bedbugs that was treated.

Bedbugs have occasionally shown up at other public buildings.

A September, 2014, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library report stated there were bedbugs at the front desk at the Main Library in early July and a second time in August that year.

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