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Port Washington building treated for bedbugs

A bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian

A bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. (March 20, 2011) Credit: AP

Pest control workers began treating The Community Chest building in Port Washington for bedbugs last week, said Julie Meer Harnick, the organization’s executive director.

The Harold E. Mertz Community Center on Main Street is across the street from the town dock. It leases space to organizations including Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County Inc. and The Twin Pines of Port Washington Community Food Cooperative & Charitable Thrift Shop.

During a regular inspection May 17, a dog found evidence of bedbugs in three locations, Harnick said. There were no complaints of people being bitten, she said.

Two offices were treated the next day and passed a follow-up inspection. Treatment is continuing at another space that is unoccupied, Harnick said Wednesday morning.

The recent problem of bedbugs has prompted Nassau County to form a bedbug task force.

For more information, visit the Nassau County website.

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