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Xmas trees refumigated, post-black widows

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by Janjeera Hail

Guam - The shipment of Christmas trees that came in from Oregon and were being sold out of a container at Cost-U-Less has been re-fumigated after small black widow spiders were found inside. Customs Bio-Terrorism Task Force Supervisor Lieutenant Frank Cruz says during a re-inspection today it was discovered that the spiders were still alive because the fumigation was not conducted properly. 

Cruz says they will not release the cargo unless all of the invasive species are dead.  As for the situation at the port, more spiders were apparently found on board a Matson cargo vessel that originated from the U.S. West Coast.  Offloading has still not been cleared because more samples were taken to determine the exact species of black widows that attached themselves to the items inside the cargo hold.

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