Bedbugs Infest Homeland Security Office in Vermont

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A Homeland Security Department building in Vermont has been infested with bed bugs for the third time in as many months, according to a local news report.

Exterminators brought a bedbug-sniffing dog to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in St. Albans and some chairs and filing cabinets were removed, employees told WCAX. About 1,000 employees work at the facility.

“[The Vermont Service Center’s] leadership has and will continue to update employees regarding developments,” the office’s acting Director Karen FitzGerald said in a statement. “Treatments for identified areas will begin this weekend. USCIS recognizes the seriousness of this issue and is committed to working closely with our employees, our partners and professional experts to resolve this situation.”

An exterminator said there was no way to determine the source of the bedbugs, but they were definitely brought in by someone, as they do not simply come in from the outside. 

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