Street Reach suspends overnight emergency shelter services

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Officials have temporarily suspended emergency overnight shelter services at Street Reach in Myrtle Beach, as employees attempt to combat bed bugs.

The emergency overnight shelter service has been suspended to prevent the infestation of bed bugs and to begin implementing new policies, according to shelter officials.

Executive Director Joy Hanner said the facility has developed a proactive cleaning program to treat for bed bugs. Employees have started to bag up linens from each resident and place them outside daily, in an attempt to kill the bugs and their eggs in a heated environment.

Officials said in addition to bagging linens, a pest control company has been assigned to spray a bug treatment at the shelter twice a week for a month. In September, Hanner said the company will spray the shelter once a week and resume regular maintenance.

The Street Reach Board of Directors is expected to discuss the overnight visitation policy at an upcoming meeting on Sept. 3.

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