Wethersfield Library Takes Precautions Against Bed Bugs
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
WETHERSFIELD - The Wethersfield Library took precautionary steps
in the last week to assure it wasn't bugged.
Bedbugged, that is.
Library Director Laurel Goodgion said Tuesdaythat as a
precautionary measure she recently arranged for the library to be
tested four times a year for bedbugs, insects that can nest in
The first check, done with bug-sniffing dogs, was last Thursday and
identified several small "areas of concern," Goodgion said. The
dogs paw the ground when they smell a bedbug, but no critters were
actually found dead or alive, she said.
"The only bug we've seen was one that the health department loaned
us so we could see what it looks like, but that one was dead,"
Library personnel removed all materials in the suspect areas,
enough to fill two hand carts, Goodgion said. The exterminator
brought a trailer that heated the books to about 120 degrees
Fahrenheit for a significant period, sufficient to kill any bugs in
"We were overly zealous," Goodgion said. "There might have been one
bug in one book."
The library has ordered its own heating unit to kill bedbugs, if
necessary, she said. The unit cost $274, she said.
More and more libraries are facing bedbug infestations, Goodgion
said. She decided to become more proactive after a staffer returned
from a conference where bedbugs were a topic of discussion.
"I thought it would be a good idea to be preventive even though we
saw no evidence of bugs in the library," she said. "We're being
very careful to stay ahead of this because they are becoming so
Bedbugs have made a big comeback in recent years. The insects
burrow their way into furniture, books and other items, emerging to
bite humans. Infested items often have to be thrown away.