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LBJ Apartments to get treated for bedbugs

Thirty units at the L.B.J. Apartments on Humboldt Parkway are scheduled to be treated for bedbugs this week, according to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Bedbugs were reported by residents of three of the affected units, according to the authority, while the rest were detected during regular maintenance checks by authority staff. No cost estimate for the work was available Monday.

Every unit at the Frank A. Sedita Apartments was treated for bedbugs in June, an activity described as "a preemptive strike" because the pests had been found in some apartments. The initial treatment cost $27,000, according to an authority spokeswoman. A handful of units needed additional work because of excessive infestation, work that cost an additional $11,000.

Since Jan. 1, 2015, there have been 530 "unique instances" of bedbugs among the more than 4,800 units the authority maintains citywide. That's a little more than 10 percent of all units.

The authority has spent about $150,000 dealing with bedbug problems over the last 21 months, the spokeswoman said.

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