City of Alton battling bedbugs, could face $250K in exterminatio -

City of Alton battling bedbugs, could face $250K in extermination costs

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

( – The bedbug battle continues in Alton as the city's housing authority is working to clear its apartments of infestation.

The Alton Housing Authority has already spent $35,000 on exterminations as it combats the spread of the parasites. Alton Acres, Oakwood Estates and Alton Manor are all complexes the AHA oversees.

There are 246 units in total in the complexes, which are part of the Federally-subsidized Housing and Urban Development program.

According to AHA Executive Director Andy Hightower, the worst case scenario would involve treating all 246 units, resulting in a cost of nearly $250,000.

In order to rid a unit of the infestation, exterminators must head the apartment to 135 degrees farenheit, which kills both the bedbugs and their eggs.

Hightower says if all the units needed treatment, city officials would have to take money from other areas of the budget.

Were this to happen, Hightower says the Summer Swim and Summer Lunch programs would likely be affected, impacting around 200 children.


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