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Bed bugs gone from Dubuque shelter


The Dubuque Rescue Mission has won its battle against bed bugs. At least, all signs indicate a victory.

Earlier in November, KWWL reported the shelter had been battling bed bugs since summer.

Wednesday, executive director Rick Mihm said a pest control company came in this week and performed a $10,000 heat treatment. Bed bugs cannot survive at 140 degrees, so the company raised the heat of the entire third-floor men's dormitory to that level. The bed bugs had only ever been found in that area of the mission.

Mihm said the Rescue Mission's board members had not planned this expensive treatment into the shelter's operating budget, but they went ahead and used money from that fund.

He said he hopes holiday donations can help recoup some of the cost.

The heat treatment is guaranteed, he said, and the pest control company will return Monday to do residual spraying.

The company will also check for the return of bed bugs over the next six months.

See the earlier story HERE.

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