Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 18, 2018 – Bed bugs have chased the police officers out of the Basseterre Police Station.
Notices posted outside the Cayon Street entrance on Sunday stated that the area was closed and that operations were continuing from offices located on the ground floor of Police Headquarters on the Lozack Road end.
Multiple sources confirmed Sunday that the closure is due to “an infestation of bed bugs.”
“Most of the bed bugs are concentrated in the lockup or police cells,” said a source who spoke on condition the name is not used.
“Bed bugs. Yes bed bugs in our Basseterre Police Station,” said another source who also requested anonymity.
“This is not the first time that bed bugs have taken over. They have brought in a company to fumigate over the weekend,” said another person who asked to remain unidentified.
Operations from the Cayon Street location could resume as early as Monday 19th November.
According to Homesteady, bed bugs infestations can be found in places as wide-ranging as homeless shelters and luxury hotels.
“These reddish-brown, wingless insects, usually measuring about a quarter-inch, are essentially stowaways with a mission to find a warm mammal whose blood they can suck at night. While bed bugs won’t spontaneously appear if you leave your house dirty, you may leave yourself vulnerable to an infestation if you neglect some basic care,” the website said.