DHS employees concerned about bed bugs and mice, DHS officials report no new sightings

Posted at 6:40 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 21:40:20-05

The employees at the Department of Human Services say they have been dealing with bed bugs for months.

23ABC first reported the issue last week.

The department says a single bug was reported in a cubicle two weeks ago and took steps to fix the problem, but employees say this has been an issue since last August when several employees showed up with bites.

According to the employees, the department spot-cleaned the area and the problem seemed to go away. Last week, employees say they found out the bugs were back

Employees say they’re also dealing with mice. They say the department has set up traps with peanut butter.

Employees say they want the whole building to be inspected and fumigated.

The Department of Public Health confirmed they did receive a complaint about the bugs and the mice after 23ABC’s story last week and addressed the issue with Human Services. DHS told Public Health that they were addressing the situation and did not request their services.

The Department of Human Services released this statement regarding the issue:

"Follow up pest control services were performed on schedule on Friday, March 3rd after staff had left for the day. There have been no additional reports from our staff internally that any additional bugs have been seen since the last single bug found on February 28th.

We continue to closely monitor the situation with professional pest control services, along with our regular housekeeping. All areas of our building are cleaned and monitored on a continuous basis, but we are taking these additional measures at this time. The health and safety of our staff and their families are paramount to our entire management team and we will continue to respond to all concerns that are brought to our attention."