Bed Bugs Close Michigan LibraryJanay Rickwalder
Friday, February 15, 2013
Most people have become accustomed to checking their hotel rooms
for bed bugs – but is
that vigilance parlaying to libraries? According to a December New
article, "Bed bugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike
in and out of beds. Tiny bed bugs and their eggs can hide in the
spines of hardcover books."
This situation has become a reality for multiple libraries
across the country, and now a Michigan
library has also fallen victim to this
blood-sucking pest. Last week, bed bugs were found at two
branches of the Kalamazoo Public Library, which will remain closed
for treatment in the coming days.
Pest experts encourage patrons to keep an eye out for bed bugs
when borrowing books because they are excellent
hitchhikers and are easily transported. If a bed bug
infestation is suspected, the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) recommends contacting a licensed pest professional to
thoroughly inspect and effectively treat the problem.