Lawyer with bed bugs falling from clothing forces courthouse to close

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Lawyer with Bed Bugs Falling from Suit Causes Courthouse to Close

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A lawyer wearing a suit full of bed bugs prompted officials at a courthouse in Oklahoma to close the building Monday and bring in an exterminator.

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The incident happened at the Rogers County Courthouse around noon, when, according to the sheriff, an attorney appeared in the building’s third-floor courtroom with the insects falling off his clothing, KMTV and KOKI-TV reported.

Officials told KOKI-TV the building was closed Monday as a precaution.

“(It’s) hard to imagine someone doesn’t know, you know, that some bed bugs are crawling all over them, certainly in abundance,” Sheriff Scott Walton told KMTV.

“I was also told the individual that had them also shook his jacket all over the prosecutor’s files,” Walton said.

Another courthouse official said the lawyer was “non-responsive to the situation” and didn’t seem to care.

Exterminators worked for most of Monday fumigating the 90,000 square-foot courthouse, which reopened Tuesday morning, according to KOKI-TV.

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Bed bugs feed on blood and cause itchy bites. They're often hard to spot because they're very small and usually remain hidden. The Environmental Protection Agency says on its website that a recent increase in infestations in the U.S. may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.

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