Crime isn’t the only thing Quincy police have been fighting.
After bedbugs were found on the second floor of police headquarters on Sea Street, the department’s dispatch center was moved to Milton early Tuesday morning while an exterminator tried to wipe out the pests.
Capt. John Dougan, a spokesman for Quincy’s police department, said a few bedbugs were discovered in the dispatch center this past weekend, and he’s not sure where they came from.
“We’re trying to find the source,” Dougan said.
Dougan said while the dispatch center was being fumigated for bedbugs between 4 and 9 a.m. Tuesday, Quincy’s dispatch operation was moved temporarily to the Milton Police Department’s communications center.
Dougan said the bedbug problem appears to have been fixed as of Wednesday afternoon.
Andrew Scheele, Quincy’s commissioner of public health, said the bugs were found on furniture in the dispatch center.
The rest of police headquarters at 1 Sea Street, at the intersection of Southern Artery, did not have to be emptied and fumigated, he said.
“They’re a nuisance; that’s what they are,” Scheele said of bedbugs. “You’re not going to get sick from them.”
Scheele said he has advised the city’s police dispatchers to inspect their private homes to check for bedbugs.
Last month, the Quincy Housing Authority reported a bedbug infestation affecting 33 of the 274 apartments in the O’Brien Towers in Germantown. The cost to exterminate bedbugs in those units plus 112 adjacent apartments was estimated to exceed $100,000.
The public housing authority is supported by state and federal funding.
Scheele said police headquarters was the only city-owned building with bedbugs
Bedbugs can live for three to six months without food, making them difficult to eradicate, pest control experts have said. They can spread by entering suitcases in hotel rooms, infecting used furniture or living in the walls between apartments.
For more information on getting rid of bedbugs, contact EHS Pest in Norwood.