Bedford County Department of Human Services closes due to spider infestation

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The Bedford County office of the Department of Human Services was closed Friday after employees noticed brown recluse spiders crawling across the floor.

An employee told News 2 they were sent home at 9 a.m. and told the office would be closed until Monday.

A Department of Human Services spokesman told News 2 they were made aware of the issue early Monday morning by employees of the department. General Services has been contacted and will fumigate the building over the weekend.

The Department is responsible for the approval and distribution of food stamps. People who arrived to pick up or apply were instructed to contact
the family assistant service center at 866-311-4287

The Bedford County office is located on Madison Street in Shelbyville.

The office will re-open Monday morning at 8 am.

Brown recluse spiders are venomous and its bite can eat away skin tissue. People who are bitten by brown recluse spiders often need surgery to remove the venom and repair the damaged skin. Doctors advise anyone bitten by a brown recluse to see their doctor.

An exterminator told News 2 brown recluse spiders are often spotted as the weather warms. During the cold winter months, the spiders will seek warmth in attics.

Brown recluse spiders are most often found in dark secluded places such as shoes and deep closets and are mostly nocturnal.

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