Bed begs infest South City police station -

Bed begs infest South City police station

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(Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Bed bugs have infested part of SLMPD's South Patrol Division Building

Small, wingless, warm-blooded and known for sucking blood mostly while people are sleeping, the tiny critters are taking up space where St. Louis police are working.

"They travel virtually by us like when you carry a handbag from a plane or a handbag from a hotel that is infested. Just because you have them does not make you a dirty person," said Steve Crafton, Owner of 24-7 Animal & Pest Control.

One person inside the department's South Patrol Division sent pictures to News 4 claiming the building was condemned.

After some digging, News 4 discovered the building was not condemned and a department spokesperson confirmed an employee posted the signs. The person who posted the sign is also blamed for posting two others and saying there was no heat or water in the building.

The department's spokesperson says there was a plumbing and heating problem earlier in the day, but both were fixed before business hours ended.

Leadership acknowledges an infestation and assures News 4 an exterminator will handle the bugs Tuesday.

"Bed bugs are tough. They hide during the day and only come out at night when they detect your breath. So, they are behind walls and in the nooks and crannies. So, it is hard to find them. There are treatments, with heat and chemicals, but it does take time," added Crafton.

Crafton told the News 4 the number of treatments to get rid of bed bugs varies, but pointed out it rarely is there only one. 

Police department leadership did not give details of the affected areas or how they will handle the employee who posted the signs.

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