Prisoners' Housing Module Tented for Bedbug Treatment

By Kubota, Gary T. | Honolulu Star - Advertiser, May 9, 2014 | Go to article overview

Prisoners' Housing Module Tented for Bedbug Treatment


Kubota, Gary T., Honolulu Star - Advertiser


An infestation of bedbugs has become so rampant at the Oahu Community Correctional Center that officials announced a plan Thursday to shut down a housing module for fumigation and temporarily relocate more than 100 inmates.

The tenting of Module 20, costing about $12,000, is tentatively scheduled to take place Thursday through May 17.

"A great number (of inmates) have been bitten, and we need to address this problem," said Max Otani, a deputy public safety director for the Corrections Division. "The department has decided to take a more aggressive stance. ... This is not a simple operation. ... It will take a couple of days for the chemicals to work."

Otani said tenting alone isn't enough and that correctional officials are making every effort to keep the bugs from coming back.

He said because the prisoners in Module 20 are on work furlough and moving in and out of the prison facility, preventing another infestation will require "enhanced" sanitation measures, including making sure inmates' bodies and clothing are clean when returning to the facility. …

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