Providence courthouse treated for bedbugs

Exterminators have treated Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence after complaints about insects in the building. (WJAR)

A floor of the Garrahy Judicial Complex is being treated for bedbugs, court spokeswoman Kara Picozzi said.

"As you may be aware, there have been recent reports of insect bites upon individuals in the Garrahy Judicial Complex. We take these reports seriously and are making every effort to address the concerns," state Court Administrator J. Joseph Baxter wrote in an email to court employees obtained by NBC 10 News.

"On the dates of August 24th and 29th as well as September 6th and 13th (today), A.D. Pest Control treated numerous areas on the 5th floor of the Garrahy Complex, including some courtrooms, public hallway space and some parts of back hallway spaces," Baxter wrote.

The entire courthouse will not be treated because health regulations prohibit the application of unnecessary extermination treatments, Baxter noted.

A local attorney, who wished to remain anonymous, said they found bedbugs on their shoe and left the courthouse.

"There has not been any evidence of a large scale infestation and the inspections to date have failed to locate any live bedbugs. While concern over this is natural, I would ask for your patience and we deal with this problem in a rational and professional way," Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court Michael B. Forte wrote in an email obtained by NBC 10 News.

Exterminators will check the entire building Thursday evening.

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