The front of the Brick municipal building was blocked Thursday following the discovery of a bedbug. (image credit Nick Huba/Asbury Park Press)
Brick, N.J. (written by Nicholas Huba/Asbury Park Press) -- Don't let the bedbugs bite has taken on a whole new meaning in Brick Township, where officials closed town hall Thursday after finding one of the blood-sucking parasites in the tax collector's office.
After being treated, the municipal building is reopening Friday as usual, officials said.
"The safety and well-being of the citizens that visit our building and our employees is our paramount concern," Mayor Stephen Acropolis said. "If we had to do it again we would close the building."
The first bedbug was found a month ago, and the latest was found in the tax collector's office Thursday morning, Township Administrator Scott Pezarras said. No one was bitten.
"A month ago we found one in a jail cell, and then another in HR (human resources) two days ago," Pezarras said. "You would rather be safe than sorry."
The township notified the Ocean County Health Department, officials said.
The small, flat insects feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals. They are reddish-brown, wingless and from 1 to 7 millimeters long, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.