A man, whose identity has yet to be released, walked into the General Assistance office of Augusta City Center and asked for a form so that he could request assistance. To his dismay, he was told that he did not qualify.
That is when the man “whipped out a cup (full of live bedbugs) and slammed it on the counter.” With one swift motion, he released approximately 100 live bedbugs. They squirmed initially and then spread out.
The building was abruptly closed for the rest of the day and a pest control contractor was immediately called to spay and try to kill the bedbugs.
The man was located by Augusta police and had a criminal complaint and trespass orders against him.
Police are at a difficulty when looking into what charges could be filed for his act of dispersing bedbugs.
Bedbugs have been a persistent problem in the General Assistance office and are a particular nuisance because they feed on human blood.
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On Friday afternoon, Ralph St. Pierre, finance director and assistant city manager, sprayed Windex, which Bridgeo said was what happened to be at hand and seemed to help immobilize the pests; and he used paper towels to pick up and dispose of as many bugs as he could. Bridgeo said the spray used by the pest control contractor to try to kill the bugs Friday should be neutralized by Monday, so people will be able to return to the building. A bedbug detector dog service is expected to come to the building Monday morning to look for bugs. If it doesn’t find any, the building will be opened to the public as usual. “Those dogs are amazing, so if any bedbugs are left standing, we’ll know about it,” Bridgeo said. What will be done if living bedbugs are still in the building depends on where they are found. Bridgeo said if one or more bugs are found only within the General Assistance office area, that office suite would be closed and those services moved elsewhere. If bugs are found in other areas, those areas would be closed off as well. Bridgeo said he doubted all of City Center would have be closed Monday. Most of the bugs landed on a counter in the office, while others fell onto the floor.