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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Courthouse will be closed Thursday because of bed bugs.

Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening says the exterminator is due in the morning, but it will take most of the day to deal with the bugs.

He says emergency protective orders and civil filings will be handled at the Juvenile Clerk’s Office at 133 North 4th Street during normal business hours. Warrants can be taken out at the magistrate’s office at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

District Attorney Ben David says his office will reschedule Thursday cases. He hopes court can resume Friday, as there are more than 700 traffic court cases alone on the docket for that day.

No word, though, on when the courthouse can reopen.

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  • barsea

    how did they get in the Court House??

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The county and city should charge admission to stand on the sidewalk and watch the freak show entering and exiting that building. Purses, coats, and even warm bodies provide a very reliable transmission medium for bedbugs.

    Hopefully their efforts will also take care of the body lice, pubic lice, and scabies that enter that building daily.

  • Guest1234

    Bed Bugs can be anywhere! Bed Bugs latch on to your clothes and travel with you then attach somewhere else and multiply. One of the main places bed bugs come from is the movie theater seats. They are not necessarily just in your bed. They say that bed bugs can be on new clothes that you buy….that’s why they suggest placing your new clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes before you wear them or hang them up.

  • RSimmons

    But I thought it was Ben McCoy and Justin LaNasa

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  • challengetheworld

    You cannot forget Berger & Fulton…they run as a pack.

  • dfmjr49

    if it is going to take most of the day to get rid of the bugs, how long will it take them to get rid of the bedbugs?

  • Guest28451

    so how did the courthouse get bed bugs? There arent any beds in the courthouse so where are they infested at?? The judges benches?? I mean it just seems weird. Only guess I have is some nasty folks came to court with them in their shorts and left em behind somehow..

  • guesty

    If only the pests in the housing projects could be exterminated. Think of the tax savings if we didn’t have to support sponges that only breed more sponges.

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  • mac

    Bed bugs are parasitic insects that prefer to feed on human blood.[2] The term is used loosely to refer to any species of the genus Cimex, and even more loosely to refer to any member of the family Cimicidae (cimicids).[3] The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, is the most famous species of the family.[3][4] The name of the “bed bug” is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs are mainly active at night but are not exclusively nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their host without being noticed.

    A number of adverse health effects may occur due to bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.

    Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years.[5] At a point in the early 1940s they were mostly eradicated in the developed world but since 1995 have recently increased in prevalence.[6][7] Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.[5][8]

  • Truth Seeker

    Where’s the like button when you need one?


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