Judge orders fumigation after bed bug found in Newfoundland court building

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The provincial court in St. John's is dealing with a bedbug problem.

A single bedbug was first detected near the holding cells at the court building in the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall.

A dog trained to detect bedbugs was then brought in for a thorough search and more of the creatures were found.

In a news release, Chief Judge Mark Pike says officials have met with a local pest control company to discuss a plan to eradicate bedbugs at Atlantic Place, where the provincial courts are located.

A complete fumigation is planned, followed by another search of the area using dogs and specialized technicians.

He says where bedbugs are detected, technicians will vacuum, steam and spray the area.

The process is expected to take two days, beginning Saturday.

Occupational health and safety inspectors have visited the court, but Pike says bed bugs are not a valid health and safety concern.


Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, ST. JOHN'S, Atlantic Place

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  • crista
    December 21, 2012 - 09:13

    what an insult and how degrading to and for public interest and telling whscc is not of public concern then what do the government consider public interest to society and the people of society so how can you trust those that are in authority and you wonder why society it is the way it is now this is going on and this is going with human traffic and to be told it is of no concern then what do they call CONCERN for public interest the mega deals and projects and who has to pay for it???? and this has being going on sense the fall at the courts???? and what had to happen some one had to leave there place of work???? because OF HEALTH CONCERNS AND WORKING CONDITIONS????

  • Just sayin
    December 21, 2012 - 07:45

    Not a valid health and safety concern??!! Makes me almost wish bedbugs upon mr pike .... Let's see their validity then!