More Bed Bugs Found in Longmont Library

Daily Times-Call
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 week.

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 on."

Macaroni will return for a second check in a few days, Anderson said.

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 to treat.

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."