GARY, Ind. (AP) — A man who showed up at a Gary City Council meeting infested with bed bugs prompted officials to remove two rows of seating from the building.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times the parasitic insects were discovered in the council’s chambers during Tuesday night’s meeting after a man in the audience was found to be “covered in them.”

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Gary fire and police personnel promptly ordered people sitting in two pews to relocate before the seating was moved to a hallway, covered in plastic and removed from the building.

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No explanation for the pews’ removal was given to those attending Tuesday night’s meeting, but Freeman-Wilson said afterward that it was prompted by the bed bugs’ discovery.

Bed bugs can move through a person’s clothing, luggage, backpacks, upholstery and furniture.

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