City building closed after disgruntled resident releases bedbugs

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  June 5, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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June 5 (UPI) -- A Maine city's municipal building was closed for the day after a reportedly disgruntled citizen dumped a cup full of live bedbugs onto a counter.

City Manager William Bridgeo confirmed Augusta City Center was closed for the rest of the day Friday after the resident came into the General Assistance office to apply for assistance, but was told he did not qualify.

"He whipped out a cup [full of live bedbugs] and slammed it on the counter, and bam, off they flew, maybe 100 of them," Bridgeo told CentralMaine.com.

Bridgeo said the entire building was closed as a precaution and an exterminator was summoned Friday afternoon to spray for the pests.

The city manager said he signed a criminal complaint and trespass orders against the man, who was located by police.

Augusta police said they are determining what charges, if any, can be brought against the man.

Bridgeo said the building will be checked out Monday by a service that uses dogs to detect bedbugs.

"Those dogs are amazing, so if any bedbugs are left standing, we'll know about it," Bridgeo said.

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