WESLEY CHAPEL — An infestation of bed bugs has forced the closing of a Pasco County fire station.
The bugs, apparently, just won’t go away despite several days worth of effort.
An exterminator already tried to eradicate the bed bugs with a series of pesticide treatments after they were first reported last week in the bunk area at Fire Station No. 13 at 27329 Dayflower Blvd., Wesley Chapel, according to Doug Tobin, public information officer for Pasco County government.
No live bed bugs have been found since the last treatment, but two Pasco Fire Rescue employees said they experienced bed-bug bites since then so a different tactic involving a different exterminator is scheduled to be tried Tuesday.
That treatment, which involves a heat application to the building that will kill all new bugs and any eggs, is expected to take all day to complete, Tobin reported in a news release.
In the meantime, Fire Station No. 13 won’t be used until further notice. The crews that worked from that building will be stationed elsewhere until the eradication is complete, but will continue to respond to calls in the same zone they always handled.