Officials have paid nearly $7,200 to eradicate bed bugs inside the state building that houses education officials.

Ultimately, one dead bed bug was discovered inside the Oliver Hodge Building, said Jake Lowrey, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which manages the building.

Lowrey said pest crews were out twice — once in September and again in October — to treat the building after education leaders complained about the pest problem.

Phil Bacharach, the chief of staff with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, first announced the “troubling news” in an email to staff in early October. He noted that initially officials were unable to confirm what type of bug could have been behind a “spate of bug

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