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Director: Portsmouth shelter takes steps to eliminate bed bugs

Sunday News Correspondent

March 10. 2018 10:03PM
Staff at Cross Roads House worked to eradicate bed bugs after an infestation was reported last week. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Sunday News Correspondent)

PORTSMOUTH - The executive director of Cross Roads House confirmed Friday the homeless shelter was treated for bed bugs last week.

"Bed bugs can show up in private homes, hotels and shelters," said Martha Stone, who runs the shelter. "We did have an incident and we have promptly dealt with it."

Stone said shelter staff is taking precautions to ensure the bed bugs have been eliminated.

She said the shelter has been at or over capacity the entire winter. Thursday night, 113 people stayed at the shelter.

"We're working really hard to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community," Stone said.

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