Newsday reports that bed bugs are a problem at the Nassau County (Long Island, New York) health and human services complex in Uniondale.
Bed bugs at Nassau County’s health and human services complex in Uniondale are resisting efforts to be evicted, causing concern among employees there, according to union officials.
“This has been ongoing since Feb. 25, and we had several meetings” with county officials, Civil Service Employee Association Local 830 president Jerry Laricchiuta said Friday.
(See Bed bugs resist eviction at county’s health site for more, but be warned: Newsday.com is subscriber-only content.)
Bed bugs can strike anywhere, and there are some ways in which departments of health and other social services agencies may be at extra risk. Bed bugs also infested the NYC Department of Health offices in September 2009.
(NYC residents might claim they’re always a bit ahead of the folks in Nassau County when it comes to the latest trends, but this is not a contest you want to win!)
If you have or encounter bed bugs in Nassau County, the department of health’s website instructs you to call the following numbers:
- Tenants – Nassau County Department of Health Office of Community Sanitation – (516) 227-9715
- Homeowners (and residents, travelers, college students, etc.) – Nassau County Department of Health Healthy Homes Program – (516) 227-9459
- Hotels/Motels – Nassau County Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Sanitation – (516) 227-9717
(We assume NCDOH employees can simply walk down the hallway to make their complaints.)
Although we have not heard much about it yet, you will be interested to know that there is a Nassau County Bed Bug Task Force, with members including the fabulous Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at Cornell, who also served on the New York City Bed Bug Advisory Board, which we hear is soon to be making its recommendations to NYC Mayor Bloomberg.