A homeless shelter in Des Moines is experiencing a bed bug
The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers Shelter has had at least one of
their dorm rooms infested with bed bugs.
"This has been an issue that we're always fighting. Taking as
many proactive measures as possible to assure that these don't get
into our facility and regardless every once in a while, it
happens." said Brad Whipple, director of the shelter.
The mattresses from the infested dorm room have been thrown away
and the room has been closed off.
An exterminator has also been called to check the rooms and
eliminate both the bed bugs and their eggs.
Although the shelter already runs on a tight budget, Whipple
says, "We could redirect this money in a lot better way, but this
is an important health issue that we take very seriously."
An exterminator is planned to revisit the shelter next week.