Bedbugs again close Maxine Lewis shelter in SLO

kleslie@thetribunenews.comJuly 14, 2013 

The Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter in San Luis Obispo is again closed because more bedbugs were found Sunday after an infestation last week.

Shelter staff discovered bedbugs July 8, according to Dee Torres, homeless services coordinator for Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County. The 50-bed shelter was subsequently closed until the building, as well as hundreds of pounds of linens, could be sprayed and cleaned.

Though the shelter reopened Friday, Torres wrote in an email to The Tribune that the bugs were found Sunday in the same area of the shelter they had been spotted nearly a week earlier. The shelter will be closed indefinitely and until all the pests have been eradicated, she wrote.

The approximately 60 shelter residents who were moved will stay at the Prado Day Center, Torres said.

These are the first cases of bedbugs in the shelter’s history, according to Torres.

Bedbugs, described as small, reddish-brown wingless insects about the size of a ladybug, feed on human blood at night. However, the bugs don’t pose a significant health risk because they do not carry disease.

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