- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Portsmouth plans to temporarily relocate its 911 center following the discovery of bed bugs in the building.

A pest control company confirmed the insects’ presence on the center’s second floor last week after an employee discovered one.

The center’s operations will be moved to an emergency backup site at a fire station Wednesday. The move will allow the company to use chemicals to eradicate the bed bugs without affecting the dispatchers, Dennis Bagley, director of the city’s General Services Department, told city officials in an email, media outlets reported.

Bagley said preliminary steps need to be taken before the 911 operations can be moved. The relocation is expected to last 24 hours.

“First of all, bed bugs are “Hitchhikers,” meaning they cling to clothes and personal belongings and are carried from one place to another by humans. Because of this fact, we must take a series of preliminary steps prior to treatment to ensure that our eradication efforts are successful. Secondly, we need time to plan for an orderly transfer of 911 lines from one location to the other to make certain we maintain our 911 lines without interruption,” Bagley wrote in the email, according to media outlets.

Once employees return to the building, they will be given sealed plastic containers in which to store their personal items while at work. They also will receive information on how to deal with bed bugs at home.

The city also has negotiated a lower price from its pest control company for employees who want their homes treated.

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