Bed bugs becoming major problem at OCCCPublished 10:18 PM HST Apr 10, 2014Video Transcript
inmates for bringing them in. Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies.. It's a problem without a clear solution. KITV4's Brenton Awa explains in our top story tonight. 10 Hidden behind this fence and crawling in a section of this Oahu prison lives a problem... An itchy scratchy problem... 144 "IT'S AN ONGOING PROBLEM. THEY'RE GOING IN AND OUT AND WE HAVE 120 GUYS GOING IN AND OUT OF THIS FACILITY EVERYDAY." ...and when those inmates return -- officials suspect their bringing bed bugs back with them. The department of public safety isn't calling the situation an infestation just yet but it does say that bed bugs seem to keep finding their way back into one area of the Oahu Community Correctional Center. The area is called module 20 -- converted two years ago to house inmates in the prison's work furlough program. Inmates that are close to getting out of prison for good -- trying to re-integrate into society. Those inmates are allowed to go out for work, and family visits. Officials say the flare ups have been happening since this section of the work furlough program started. 48 "WE HAVE PESTICIDE TREATMENTS. WE HAVE HEAT WE HAVE STEAM. WE ALSO TRY TO ENFORCE SOME SANITATION PROTOCOLS WITH THE INMATES, MAKING SURE THAT THEY CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES AND WASH THEIR CLOTHES ON A REGULAR BASIS." Officials say OCCC staff also remove and replaced sheets, towels, beds. ...But the prison still faces an uphill battle. Bed bugs are excellent at hiding -- and can survive without food for more than a year. Officials say there is a medical facility at O-CCC to care for inmates with infections and skin irritation that result from bed bug bites. The Department of Public safety says the last flare up at OCCC happened several weeks ago but currently the situation is under control.