TAYLOR, MI - City officials don't know how they get there
or who brought them in, but approximately 100 bedbugs, discovered by a
patron Friday, were the reason the Taylor Public Library remained
closed early Monday.
"They were contained to one room," said Guido Ulin, general
foreman for Parks and Recreation for the city.
A patron found some of the squat-bodied pests in seats of the
computer lab and alerted the staff.
The library was immediately closed, an exterminator called in
and the cleaning begun.
On Monday morning, a 4-year-old bedbug-sniffing Beagle named
Odie was brought in to ferret out any possible remaining bedbugs,
and by Monday afternoon, the 25,000-square foot library re-opened.
"We took all the measures to make sure we didn't have any more,"
said Ulin of the $900 treatment that occurred over the weekend. "We
really wanted to be cautious and do it for the safety of our
Tony Williams, an account manager with Orkin
Commercial Services who worked on the Taylor library on Pardee
Road, said the bedbugs could have come into the library from many
"(A bedbug) is a hitchhiking
insect, so they can come from anywhere," said Williams.
He advised library patrons who fear they may have come in
contact with a bug to launder their clothes in hot water.
In the past few years, bedbugs have turned up everywhere from
the posh Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to an apartment in
the Riverfront Towers in downtown Detroit.The 1/4-inch bugs are
reddish brown with oval, flat bodies and are commonly found in
mattresses and upholstery. They have been discovered in hotels,
motels, dorm rooms and on public transportation.
According to the National Pest Management Association, bedbug
calls to pest control companies have increased 81 percent since
2000, and the insects are very difficult to remove.
Some tips to avoid bedbugs include vacuuming suitcases when
returning from a trip, always inspecting second-hand furniture for
signs of a bedbug infestation and regularly inspecting areas where
pets sleep for signs of the pests.