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The holidays are a very busy time. Many people are coming in and out of your home this week, and you are probably going to visit other friends’ and relatives’ homes. Bed bug activity has greatly increased over the last decade, and they are now very prevalent in Denver, Boulder, and throughout Colorado.
Whether you live in Denver, Boulder, Aurora or elsewhere in Colorado, you have more than likely run into problems with mice invading your home. Mice and other rodents can use almost any opening to gain entrance into your home, and once they have made it in they can cause considerable damage. They will often contaminate food, and can introduce Salmonella and Hantavirus into your environment as well as cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
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SEATTLE -- The mere mention of the Internal Revenue Service is enough to make most people squirm, but now some of the agency's own employees are feeling queasy after discovering bedbugs in their office.
An IRS worker first spotted a single bedbug at the Seattle office in October. An exterminator trapped a second bug, and that was enough for IRS officials to send in the hounds.
Exterminators use dogs trained to sniff out the insects, and the dog who canvassed the IRS offices didn't find any more bugs.
Exterminator Grant Gummow didn't help with the IRS case, but he suspects the bedbugs discovered in the Federal Building hitched a ride to work from an employee's home.
"You have your purse next to your bed, or a bag. The bedbugs crawl into the bag, you carry it and have bedbugs at work," Gummow said.
It's never easy finding bedbugs, and Gummow said that because office chairs are perfect hiding spaces for the insects, finding them in a large office building can be even more difficult.
An IRS employee anonymously complained about seeing another bedbug several weeks ago, but agency officials say no more bugs have been found at the office.
They say they'll continue to monitor the situation.
Now that we have had our first snow storm of the year here in Denver, and the cold weather is moving in, many pests are starting to seek shelter. Often times, the shelter they find is your place of business. Birds, most commonly pigeons, roost on signs, roofs, beams, and anywhere else they can find a place to land.
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