A leaking sewer pipe was the apparent cause for an infestation of gnats at the Hudson Mall Shopping Center on Route 440 in Jersey City. The tiny insects are not good for business, as store owners say their presence is causing shoppers to stay away.
According to the Jersey Journal, which first broke the story, steps are being taken to rectify the problem. In a statement emailed to Hudson TV this afternoon by Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, the Jersey City Health Department “responded to the Hudson Mall for a gnat infestation on December 30, 2019. Health officials coordinated with mall management to rectify the issue using specific traps that were determined to be the most effective and safest solution.”
The mall’s owner, Urban Edge Properties, is cooperating fully with both the local health department, as well as the Hudson County Health Department. They have replaced the broken section of the sewage line pipe and are following their recommendations moving forward.
Wallace-Scalcione adds that health officials continue to monitor the stores on a daily basis.
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