Wesson's motion says there has been a "noticeable increase in the volume of rodents in the area and within city buildings", and also referenced a recent report by NBC4, which featured a City Hall East employee who is convinced she contracted typhus in November through contact with fleas in her City Hall East office.
Rats are running rampant outside - and inside - Los Angeles City Hall - and city officials are racing to get the infestation under control amid a "terrifying" typhus outbreak.
Mr Wesson has responded by ordering carpets in the Civic Centre to be removed and has called for a review of live plants in the city hall, as they can also carry ticks.
"Employees shouldn't have to come to work anxious about rodents", Wesson told the Times. "I intend to do whatever it is we need".
"Since the work has been completed, our employees have not reported any new rodent or flea issues within the office", he said in his filing, according to Fox 11. Outside, a rat was recently spotted gnawing through a pumpkin put out for decoration at the building's Halloween party.
In October 2018, health officials announced there was a typhus outbreak in LA County including in the downtown areas that included Skid Row where an estimated 2,000 homeless people sleep. Elizabeth Greenwood works in City Hall East, a building connected to City Hall. Greenwood told the Times she has not returned to work since November because she is "terrified of entering the building again until they do something".
Noting that typhus is typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums, City Council President Herb Wesson, said he wants city staff to report on the scope of vermin and pest control issues within the Civic Center complex, according to a newly filed motion.
According to the Times, a deputy city attorney contracted typhus a year ago and had a 102-degree fever.
That could include ripping out all the building's carpets - for which Wesson is seeking a cost estimate. Humans can contract the illness through flea bites or the feces of the infected insects, when it's rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says it most often occurs where rats and their fleas live.
Typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rashes in people and can be treated with antibiotics.