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Nursing home staff work to resolve bed bug infestation issue in Boscawen

  • Housekeeper Melissa Yeo and Jason Keyser, director of laundry, from the Merrimack County Nursing Home staff remove items from a room at the facility after bed bugs were found. A Milford cleaning service was due Friday afternoon to spray two rooms at the facility and before doing a follow-up to make sure the bugs are gone. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Jason Keyser, director of laundry for the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen bags the mattress of the affected room on 3 South on Friday, January 11, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A sign outside the 3 South wing of the New Hampshire Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen on Friday, January 11, 2019 advising visitors and staff of the bed bug cleanup on the floor. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 1/11/2019 5:54:19 PM

Staff dressed in protective aprons and gloves were working on the third floor of the Merrimack County Nursing Home on Friday, working to clear out a room infested with bed bugs.

“They’ll be doing some spraying today,” Nursing Home Administrator Matt Lagos said.

Seven bed bugs were found Monday in the third floor hallway and inside one room of a 44-bed unit, Lagos said.

Since then, the nursing home has been in clean-up mode: Lagos said the nursing home brought in a bug-sniffing dog from JP Pest Services in Milford on Wednesday to inspect the rest of the unit, which found no more bugs.

The linens inside the room have all been washed and dried and the furniture removed, Lagos said.

The nursing home sent out letters to the residents’ family members, and planned to host an information session for residents Friday afternoon, Lagos said.

Lagos said in two weeks, JP Pest would be back to inspect the affected areas. He said he had no reason to believe there were bugs in other sections of the 300-bed facility.

“I’m going to trust my pest company, and if we see something, we will investigate it,” he said.

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