Don't let the bed bugs bite.
The small critters forced the closure of the Brick municipal building Thursday. Township officials say the building will be closed indefinitely due to an "infestation" of the nocturnal parasites.
Pest control efforts will start Thursday afternoon, officials said.
"The safety and well-being of the citizens that visit our building and our employees is our paramount concern," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, in an e-mail Thursday morning about the closure. "The best course of action is to limit exposure while we work to exterminate the bed bugs."
The building's closing comes at an inopportune time, since third quarter tax bills came due this week. Property taxes will not be collected while the building is closed, but the payment deadline will be extended to reflect the length of the closure.
Municipal court proceedings have been cancelled for Aug. 2.
The Brick Township Police Department will temporarily relocate their operations to the Mobile Command Unit at the municipal complex.
Municipal departments not housed at the municipal complex – Public Works, Recreation, Senior Outreach and the beach office – will remain open. Off-site events such as Thursday's car show at Windward Beach will also be unaffected.
Residents can monitor Patch, or BTV 20 for updates.