The High Street YMCA is buying new mattresses and having its residents "spring clean" because six of the facility's 26 dormitory-style bedrooms were found to have bedbugs a few weeks ago.
David Elsen, executive director of the High Street location, said the YMCA's Orkin representatives have told them they consider the infestation "minor."
"This is a very light or small issue, as they see it," he said. "We are taking every precaution that we can."
He said there is no reason for people who use the YMCA's fitness facilities to be concerned.
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"Our members are not at risk in any way," Elsen said.
He said residents who room at the YMCA are being asked to throw out clutter that might have accumulated in their rooms, such as old newspapers, worn-out clothing and piles of books. They also will need to wash all bedding in hot water.
Residents' rent has been decreased this month to help them cover the costs of the extra laundry, said Kimberly Vaughn, associate executive director of the High Street location.
Bedbugs have been a growing problem in Lexington and nationwide in recent years.
Last fall, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority treated all 317 apartments at Ballard-Griffith Towers, a senior housing complex on West Second Street, after bedbugs infested more than a quarter of its units.