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Posted on December 8, 2009 with 18 Comments
When authorities opened up a new $200 million dollar psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, they weren’t informed that an infestation of bed bugs came with the new territory.
The hospital opened last year in Parsippany in North Jersey. Recently nurses began receiving complaints from patients who claimed their beds were irritating their skin. Complaints like this, however, are frequent and usually go without a thorough investigation and just a change of the sheets to satisfy patients. However, when the bugs infested staff areas in the wards it became apparent something needed to be done. Exterminators invade the premises and were able to rid the center of its problem within days.
Human Services Department spokeswoman Ellen Lovejoy says the first bedbug sighting was on Nov. 11. When a more were found days later, Lovejoy says an extermination company that employs dogs to sniff out the bugs was brought in.
Luckily, due to the hospitals aggressive response their patients came away bite-free. This however, is just a reminder to keep a look out for these pesky little creatures.