Bed Bug Discovery Closes Tulsa Central Library
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
TULSA, OK - The Tulsa Central Library is closed until further
notice after bed bugs were found.
Library representative, John Fancher, said they would remain closed
until at least through noon on Wednesday.
Fancher said, after a thorough search, there were bed bugs found on
a few chairs on the third floor. He said they were limited to a
Still, as a precaution, library employees removed all fabric chairs
from the second and third floors and replaced them with vinyl or
And though the infestation was isolated, the entire library was
immediately evacuated and closed down.
Lee Allen was reading in the library when he said things got
"They were moving everyone out really fast," Allen said. "No idea
what was going on. I was kind of freaked out. I thought it was like
homeland security or something."
Library officials say a man noticed bed bugs were crawling on the
chair he was sitting in.
Gary Shaffer, of the Tulsa City-County Library said the man may
have even been bitten by one.
"There were more than a couple, so it was a serious issue that
needed to be addressed immediately," Shaffer said.
John Baker, of the Tulsa Health Department, said no one should be
worried if they came in contact with the bed bugs.
"They're more of a nuisance than a public health threat, but when
you get them, it takes a lot of effort to get rid of them," Baker
A Tulsa-based licensed exterminator was on site Tuesday to deal
with the situation.
Also, Wednesday, Oklahoma's one and only specially trained bed bug
searching service dog, named Miss Liberty Belle, will be in the
library to search all floors.
"We will be looking at any and all furniture, looking at carpets
and then we'll use the dog as the final check," Shaffer said.
When those checks are done the library will re-open for