Bed Bugs Hitch Rides on Library BooksJanay Rickwalder
Friday, December 7, 2012
The name “bed bugs”
can sometimes be a bit of a misnomer. More and more, these
bloodsucking pests are showing up in rather obscure places that are
nowhere near beds. The most recent reports point to bed bugs
becoming an issue in library books. Bed bugs have been reportedly
hiding in the spines of hardcover books borrowed from libraries,
according to an article titled “A Dark and Itchy Night” that
appeared in yesterday’s print edition of
The New York Times.
The article says, “The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a
new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only
plot twists but post-bite welts.”
Libraries are taking action by training circulation staff to
keep an eye out for signs of bed bugs in books before they get put
back on the shelves. In addition, some supervisors have brought in
bed bug-sniffing dogs as a precautionary measure.
To prevent bed bugs, the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) says that vigilance is key. If you notice any telltale signs
of the pest like small red to brown fecal spots, molt bed bug skins
or red bite marks on the body, contact a pest professional to
inspect and treat the problem.