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Jul 23, 2013 6:19 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Bed bugs move out: SLO shelter reopens

The Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter in San Luis Obispo plans to reopen Wednesday after a recurring bed bug problem.

Spraying for the wingless pests did not get rid of the infestation, so for the last five days the shelter took a more aggressive approach. It's been under a fumigation tent, which cost roughly $4,000, expalined Dee Torres, Homeless Services Coordinator, CAPSLO.

The tent was removed Monday, and Tuesday morning the shelter was sniffed out by a specially trained bed bugs detection dog to see if tenting the building got rid of the pests.

"At least 80% of our business is for bed bugs. It is going crazy right now. We do hotels, apartments, and facilities like this," said Mike Gray, president of U.S. Detection Dogs.

The shelter got the green light to reopen because no bugs were found by the detection dog.

People who use the shelter have been staying at Prado Day Center, which will also be inspected for bed bugs using the U.S. Detection Dogs. If any pests are found, Prado Day Center will be tented, too.

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