Bedbugs found in Department of Social Services building in Winston-Salem


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth County officials have closed the Department of Social Services building at 741 N. Highland Ave. after bedbugs were found there, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The building, which houses DSS’ offices and is used by the public, was closed at the end of business Friday for pest treatment, said Nigel Alston, the agency’s interim director.

The building is expected to reopen Monday, officials said.

Someone found one bedbug in the building, Alston said in an email sent to staff.

That led to evidence of bedbugs in other areas of the building, Alston said.

“It was determined that we should treat the building, and we informed our employees of that,” Alston told the Journal.

Bedbugs are wingless, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of people and animals.

Though their bites can cause itching and welts, they are not known to spread disease.

The building is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, said Ryan Harrison, an official with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.

Closing the building temporarily is the right approach, Harrison said.

“They (bedbugs) can get out of control so quickly,” Harrison said. “It can be a difficult task to get rid of them.”

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