Three rooms in the family
unit at the Faith Refuge located at 1300 Travis St. in Wichita Falls have been
invaded by bed bugs.
One infant and one
mother were taken to the emergency room for treatment of bites.
There are eight
family rooms in total. The demand for
shelter by families has forced families to double up.
There is no way to
know for certain where the pesky critters originated from. They travel on luggage, bedding, and
clothing. It appears they hitched a ride
with one of the clients as they entered the Refuge.
Staff at Faith Refuge
are making every effort to help get rid of the bed bugs.
The following actions
are being taken to eradicate the bugs:
Mattresses have been
The infested mattresses
will be discarded and replaced with new mattresses.
A local exterminator
will treat the family unit and will return in seven days for a second treatment
and again in 14 days for a third treatment.
Families will need to
stay out of the family unit for a minimum of two hours after each treatment.
All vinyl mattress covers
only covering the top side of the mattress will be replaced with full mattress covers.
Bedding will be
Families will no
longer be able to bring their own bedding into the rooms.
addition, Faith Mission has been practicing a courtesy of picking up mattresses
from donors of contributions-in-kind when they have other items to be picked
up. These mattresses are never sold or used in the shelters. They are placed
outside at Faith Mission for members of the community to pick up and use. Faith
Mission will no longer be picking up mattresses, nor accepting them as
donations to give to the public. Contributions-in-kind help meet the needs of
the poor and profits from sales at the Faith Mission Thrift Shoppe return to
the shelters to help end homelessness.