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    Ridding homes of those little pests

    Day 244

    Sleep Tight

    Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

    Bed bugs are the worst. They burrow into mattresses and cushions, and can cover a person in bites over night. If they hitch a ride into your home, there’s no escaping them. And they can be terribly difficult to get rid of completely.

    When we heard there were a number of families struggling with bed bug infestations, our team knew we could do something to help. Typically, a round of fumigations happens on a quarterly basis in Kyangwali refugee settlement. But with budget issues, the organization normally in charge has been unable to fumigate this year. The result? Several families who have been suffering without much hope of relief.

    “Bed bugs have been biting me all night,” said Jembeke, a resident of Kasonga village in Kyangwali. “People think I have a skin disease.”

    On Day 244, we got a fumigation specialist out to help. We targeted two villages in Kyangwali and identified 20 families who needed help – households that were particularly vulnerable, had special needs or simply wouldn’t be able to afford to fumigate themselves. And then the work began to rid the families and their homes of their bed bug visitors and any other unwanted critters.

    Everyone was so relieved. “After fumigation, sleep will come,” Jembeke told us. “I am sure they will all die with this fumigation.”

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