SHA’s Baltimore HQ battles bedbugs — again

WASHINGTON — The Baltimore headquarters of the Maryland State Highway Administration is battling bedbugs for the second time in the past couple of weeks, and the 10th time since 2014.

SHA spokesman Dave Buck tells The Baltimore Sun that each finding of bedbugs is a separate incident, and that the repeated sightings aren’t a sign of a single invasion that’s been neglected.

“Bedbugs come and go on people and their clothes and bags and whatever they’re bringing with them,” Buck said.

After several sightings since November 2014, the complex got a clean bill of health — a quarterly inspection on Dec. 15 found “no alerts or any evidence of a bedbug presence,” the Sun says.

Three days later, they were back, the newspaper reports, and there was another sighting on Monday.

SHA officials are borrowing language from the fight against terrorism, The Sun says, telling workers regarding bedbugs, “if you see something, say something.”

In October, 150 workers at the comptroller’s office in Baltimore got a week off while exterminators worked to eradicate bedbugs in their office.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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