Bedbugs invade New York courthouse

Oct. 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An infestation of bedbugs hit a New York courthouse in September, with some people complaining the pests followed them home after a court appearance.

Brianna Duggan says her Soundview, N.Y., apartment is infested with the bloodsuckers she picked up in Bronx County Family Court last month, the New York Daily News reported.

"It's disgusting that they let people inside the courthouse while bedbugs were crawling all around," said Duggan, who accompanied her cousin to court for custody hearings.

"I was already broke from helping her pay for divorce lawyers, and now I'm paying to get them (the bedbugs) out of my home."

A spokesman for the state courts confirmed the courthouse infestation, which was discovered the first week of September and quickly eliminated.

Duggan said the exterminators showed up too late to help her and scores of other courthouse visitors.

"People were already itching and scratching, but no one in the court listened to us until after the fact," she said.

The Bronx and Brooklyn district attorneys' offices have also had infestations, the Daily News said.

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