HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Bug Off

Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:01am

August has been a tough month for many Members of Congress, as angry town hall-goers have pretty much equated many of the elected officials to vermin. But when the battered Congressmen return to Washington next week, they can at least take comfort in knowing that the actual creepy crawlers around them will be kept in check.

[IMGCAP(1)]The Architect of the Capitol recently announced that it has selected Fredricksburg, Va.-based firm Perma Treat Pest Control to manage regular pest control duties on the Capitol campus. The exterminators will be paid about $71,000 a year to assist with the AOC’s integrated pest management program, which includes the “supervision, labor, materials, and equipment— needed for the “surveillance, trapping, pesticide application and pest removal,— according to the award synopsis.

So what sort of bugs might the exterminators come across while undertaking their duties?

Aside from those annoying tourists and naive interns, it seems Capitol Hill also is home to “cockroaches, indoor populations of ants and flies, indoor winged termite swarmers, spiders [and] rodents,— according to the original request for proposal. There’s also the potential that crews will find “nests of stinging insects— and “mosquito larvae in all exterior locations,— and an entomologist will be at the ready to help identify “strange and unusual insects.—

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