Amazon facility reopens after 'no evidence of bed bugs found'
AMARILLO, Texas (KAKE) - An Amazon fulfillment center in Amarillo, Texas, will resume full operations on Friday after "no evidence of bed bugs" was found.
The facility temporarily closed on Tuesday after employees reported being bitten by bed bugs and "identifying the presence of bed bugs," an Amazon spokesperson said.
Amazon said is brought in multiple pest control experts and a certified entomologist, KVII reports.
“Multiple pest control experts and a certified entomologist have not found any evidence of bed bugs anywhere in our facility," said said Sam Stephenson, an Amazon spokesperson. "Out of an abundance of caution, the site will remain closed today for disinfecting, and we will resume normal operations on Friday, Sept 30.”
Bed bugs has forced Amazon to close its fulfillment center in Amarillo, Texas, officials said Tuesday.
“We’ve temporarily closed our site in Amarillo, TX after identifying the presence of bed bugs in the building," said Sam Stephenson, an Amazon spokesperson. "All employees are being paid while the site is closed and customer orders are being handled by other sites in the area.”
KVII reports the company said it will pay employees while the facility is closed.
"Amazon’s site in Amarillo, Texas is infested with bed bugs. Associates are being bit by the bed bugs," employee Evelyn Hernandez posted on Facebook.
While pest control companies said it’s common to find bed bugs in shipping packages and envelopes, none of the packages from the Amarillo facility go out to customers. Instead, employees at the fulfillment center ihandle items returned by customers.
Orders will not be processed while the facility is closed, and the local ABC affiliate reports current inventory will be recycled or returned to suppliers once properly inspected.