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Seven units with active cases, board chairman says

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Debbie Zufelt isrelievedshe will not be forced toclean upthe dead bed bug carcassesin her Edgewater apartment unitfollowing arecentheat treatment.

She learnedFriday thattheDistrict of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB), which owns Edgewater Apartments on Lakeshore Drive,willtakecare of the mess.

With an arm in a cast and a PICC or peripherally inserted central catheter in the other, Zufelt told The Nugget earlier this week shecouldntphysically complete the job and was traumatized by the situation.

Mark King, board chairman for DNSSAB, confirmed the mess will be taken care of.

We have seven active units (with bed bugs), he said Friday morning. Good Riddance have provided heat treatments and two units are beingre-treateddue to high activity.

King said the hoarding issue within the building also is being addressed and staff are working toward mitigatingwhatseems to be acontinuingproblem.

Were digging into the issue. I can see changes coming, he added, noting therehasbeenadiscussion with the North Bay Fire Chief about concernsaroundhoarding and fire hazards.

Zufelt said sometime Friday, all tenants received notification that housing staffwould conductvisual inspections May 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Im so relieved, but this is on my mind 24 hours. I havent been able to rest. Thankfully, I have a good friend who has allowed me to take over her bed and she is sleeping on the couch, she said.

As long as Im livingin here,in this building, I will not stop looking for bed bugs. And Ill just keep praying I dont find one.

Zufelt said for 10 years, tenants have been dealing with the reoccurring nuisance of bed bugs.

She anxiouslyawaitsthe day when she can return to her apartment and be reunited with her dog. The dog is staying with her dog sitter while the apartment is being cleaned out.

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