Heard on the Hill: Bed Bugs Bite at the IRS

Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:04pm

Tax auditors were not the only annoying creatures at IRS headquarters last month.

HOH hears the IRS’ downtown office suffered a bed bug scare. One of the bloodsucking creatures (again, we’re talking about insects, not IRS employees) was found crawling on a piece of clothing belonging to an employee in the Constitution Avenue office, according to an IRS communication team e-mail sent to staffers Friday. No word on whether panic ensued.

A pest control company swept the office over the Thanksgiving break, and a specially trained dog even helped with the bed bug search. No other bloodsuckers were found on the premises, according to the e-mail.

Incidences of bed bugs have been sprouting up all over the East Coast, prompting Members of Congress to take up the insect invasion at a Capitol Hill forum last month. HOH is happy to report that, according to Architect of the Capitol spokeswoman Eva Malecki, there have been no reports of the bugs in the Capitol. Here’s hoping it stays that way.