Spiders Still Found At Guam Port Facility

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Infested ship gone but black widows continue to surface

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, May 9, 2014) – Despite the Green Ridge ship leaving for Japan earlier this week, its "passengers" continue to turn up around the Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port of Guam.

Officials were assured that all the black widow spiders found on the Green Ridge were effectively eliminated. However, employees of extermination company Pestex could be seen at work dockside yesterday.

Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers who made the initial inspection on May 1 cleared the Green Ridge to enter the port, according to Johnric Mendiola, spokesman for GCQA.

Port employees began offloading the equipment on the vessel when they noticed the spiders and reported the incident to customs officers. Mendiola said the officers returned Thursday evening to inspect the ship again and officials decided to fumigate and eliminate the spiders.

In an earlier interview, Mendiola said the Green Ridge was placed out in the harbor until a plan was in place to have the ship return to shore.

According to Variety files, black widow spiders were found aboard another ship back in November 2010. Again these spiders were found by stevedores.

In July 2010, stevedores also found thousands of spiders aboard the MV Altavia. The species of these spiders was not determined.

Because of the infestation found on the MV Altavia at the time, the Stx Alpha cargo ship was diverted to the Busan Port in South Korea for fumigation to ensure no spiders were aboard that vessel.

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