Officials from the city's Housing Preservation & Development Department and Council members have set up town hall meetings in three boroughs to instruct residents on how to safely protect themselves from bedbugs. The meetings, one of which will take place on Feb. 5 in Astoria, are a response to the rise in complaints that city residents have filed against the insects, according to City Council Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).
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In 2005, there were only 62 bedbug complaints, which soared to 366 last year, according to the city. Astoria had the third highest number of complaints, Vallone said. Although bedbugs do not transmit any diseases, they are still pose a health crisis for city residents according to the councilman.
The first meeting will take place on Jan. 28 in Washington Heights. The second forum was scheduled for Feb. 5 at Ricardo's Restaurant on 21-01 24th Ave. in Astoria from 8-9 p.m. The third meeting is slated to take place in Bushwick, Brooklyn on March 12.