Bed bugs in books

By |  April 1, 2019
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Do you offer bed bug treatments for libraries? It might be worth considering.

A library system in Lincoln, Nebraska inspects every book or item returned to all eight branches. The system found bed bugs in 2014 and a committee of experts came up with a plan to prevent a more widespread problem. Specific steps are in place and each library staff member is trained to know what to look for when books and items are returned.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, librarians look for dead bugs, fecal stains and little black spots. Jody Green, an urban entomologist at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is sometimes asked to act as a second set of eyes for confirming any uncertainties or answer questions.

When a bed bug or signs of bed bugs are discovered, the item is put in a zero-degree freezer for at least four days.

Along with regular inspections, the aisles of each branch are patrolled by a trained detector dog sniffing for bed bugs every three months. James Pelowski, owner of K9 Bed Bug Detection of Nebraska, told the Lincoln Journal Star that the library will freeze an entire shelf of books if one of his three detector dogs barks at a book.

Library patrons are alerted if the item is infected and asked to use caution when returning any other items they may have checked out.

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