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Manchester Mayor Gatsas says more need to be talking about bed bugs for problem to be addressed


MANCHESTER — Mayor Ted Gatsas said more people have to be talking about bed bugs for the problem to be addressed in the city.

“It’s a problem that needs a louder voice,” Gatsas said Monday. “We’ve got to do something to eradicate them.”

On Monday, more than 200 activists, local government officials, landlords and tenant groups met in the city for New Hampshire Bites Back, a second conference to address bed bugs problems in the state. It was sponsored by the Granite State Organizing Project and the New Hampshire Bed Bug Action Committee.

“As long as they have the human flesh to bite, they continue to live,” Gatsas said.

Gatsas said education is the best means of addressing the pest. A new state law goes into effect on Jan. 1 that sets deadlines for landlords to address complaints about bed bugs. It also makes tenants financially responsible for some infestations.

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