More Bed Bugs Found in Longmont Library
Monday, August 29, 2011
LONGMONT - Exterminators were back in the Longmont Public
Library on Monday morning after a weekend visit by a "bedbug dog"
found nine infested chairs, including two that were treated last
Library director Judith Anderson said that two chairs were on the
first floor near the elevator, one was in the computer lab and six
were on the second floor. No bedbugs were found in either the
children's section or the meeting rooms.
The pests were initially spotted Aug. 18. An exterminator on Aug.
19 found five chairs had been infested and used carbon dioxide to
freeze the insects. On Sunday, two of the treated chairs caught the
attention of Macaroni, a beagle-mix trained to sniff out living
bedbugs, indicating that the insects had either survived or been
brought back into the library.
The library has not closed and the treated chairs have not been
taped off or swapped out.
"Yes, we are staying open," Anderson said in an email to the
library staff Monday. "Bedbugs are present in our society and
anyone at anytime could walk through our door and reinfest the
chairs. So, we can't close until the problem is taken care of,
because the problem will continue as long as patrons from infested
homes are visiting us."
"Going forward, we are putting in a plan for regular inspection,"
she added. "If we find anything, we will treat it and we will move
Macaroni will return for a second check in a few days, Anderson
Bedbugs do not carry disease but are considered a nuisance by the
Centers for Disease Control. They do not jump or fly but burrow
into fabric, moving around mostly at night.
"Bedbugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their
presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living
conditions where they are found," according to a CDC report.
A 2010 survey by the National Pest Management Association and the
University of Kentucky found that 95 percent of the American
exterminators surveyed had dealt with at least one bedbug
infestation in the prior year. Before 2000, only 25 percent of U.S.
respondents had. Seventy-six percent of the survey respondents also
said that bedbug infestations were the most difficult pest problem
Anderson said the library would be regularly checking the
library's chairs and upholstery, along with returned books, for
signs of the bedbugs.
"You can't live in a bubble," she said. "We all have to go out of
the house. We all have to go into public places. We just all need
to be careful."