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Exterminators Called Into Nassau County Social Services Building For Bedbugs

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Exterminators have been called into the Nassau County Social Services building.

Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Union Leader Jerry Laricchiuta said that the bedbug and mice problem at the Nassau County Social Services building in Uniondale on Long Island is unacceptable.

"Many have been bitten, we have had members leave there with their arms inflamed because they have been bitten by bedbugs," Laricchiuta told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. "And there are mouse droppings all over the place. It's starting to look like the Bronx Zoo."

WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported


A county spokesperson said that exterminators have been brought in, and that if bedbug problems have happened in the finest hotels, then the Social Services building is not immune. The spokesperson also said that the county has provided all staff members with bedbug training.

But Laricchiuta is far from at ease.

"Imagine going to work and not knowing if there are bedbugs jumping across your desk, or in your coffee or on your clothes," Laricchiuta said. "The bottom line is that I have 1,000 members that work in there, and they shouldn't have to sit there all day and work, not knowing if a bedbug is jumping in their pocketbook or down their neck."

There are over 2,400 workers and visitors in the building five days a week, and Laricchiuta believes that the building should have been closed until the problem was fixed.

Would you refuse to go to work if there were bedbugs in your building? Offer your thoughts and comments below...

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