Mattress bugs pressure Tennessee lawmakers to evacuate places of work in Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bed bugs forced the evacuation of several floors of Tennessee legislative offices today. This means dozens of people – including the legislature – are not allowed to return until their offices have been treated for the insects.

“We were told yesterday that something was going on on the fifth floor,” said Kingsport State Representative John Crawford as he and his wife left the Legislative Office of the Cordell Hull Building.

“In all honesty, it’s just another part of 2020,” said House Democrat spokesman Ken Jobe.

“We found out that it was an insect problem. We don’t know exactly what it was but they are really good for taking extra precautions to make sure we are well protected, ”added Rep. Crawford.

The legislative administration’s first report was that a legislature may have been exposed to bed bugs in a private facility outside Capitol Hill before unknowingly taking the tiny insects to any of the legislative offices.

As a precaution, three floors were evacuated.

Legislators and employees prepared their offices in such a way that the space for the mistakes could be dealt with.

“We were asked to take all the cloth items and papers, put them away, and be ready to go back after Thanksgiving,” added Jobe.

In the early afternoon, destroyer trucks stopped next to the Legislative Office building for up to 10 working days. Only then will dozens of legislators and employees be allowed to re-enter the building.

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