Bed Bugs in Books Shuts Down Library in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.–The closed sign  has been on for several days at Kalamazoo Public Library’s Washington Square Branch, located at 1244 Portage St, after an itchy incident.

On Friday, library workers found bed bugs inside several of the books in the return drop box, hiding in the bindings and pages

“We have a process in place where the books are immediately quarantined and placed in plastic bags and immediately disposed of,” said Farrell Howe, Marketing and Communications Manager for Kalamazoo Public Library.

The branch was then shut down as a precaution.

“In terms of it contaminating the rest of the library, we are pretty confident the building is clear,” said Howe.

The library staff is trained to spot bed bugs and know what to do,  part of a standard procedure that began in the fall after bed bug infestations became more prevalent across the country and in Southwest Michigan.

“Bed bugs are night feeders,  people tend to go to bed with their books,  so they lay down and they will have the book next to their bed and during the day they go and hide, ” said Howe.

To make sure the branch is free of the tiny hitchhikers, the library is bringing in Kalamazoo-based Griffin Pest Solutions on Tuesday for an inspection and will be using a bed-bug sniffing canine that is trained to find the pests.

If there is a contaminated, the problem will likely be treated with  heat.

“We hope it doesn’t come to that, but if that’s what we have to do, that’s what we have to do,” Howe said.

If they get the all clear, the library branch plans to re-open at its regular time at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Anyone who may have checked out books that could have been contaminated is being contacted by the library.

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5 comments

  • dahai

    Window screen keeps your room mosquitoes free. Don’t seek mosquitoes outdoors. A bed sized trap keeps top of bed as bed bugs free. Don’t seek bed bugs everywhere. Bed bugs hide at day time and feed at night. Protecting top of bed is good enough to starve all of bed bugs.

    If you don’t believe that you should have solved bed bug problem today, sleep in a bathtub tonight as the first day of no more bites, and then realize that bed sized trap functions better than bathtub. If you still doubt function of the trap, evaluate a dish size trap made from CO2 bait surrounded by sticky tape, scale it up from dish size to bed size, and then you sleep in the center of the trap every night.

    Exterminators can’t kill bed bugs behind wall. They expect these bugs moving to other positions on the next “kill on contact” services, but a bug may bite and lay up to 300 eggs before next service. There bugs will suicide or starve if you sleep in center of the trap. That is why you can do much better job than exterminators.


  • Pest Control

    That's a very freaking news. I'm wondering what those students gone through sorting out bed bugs on their books. We need to find definite possible ways to solve bed bugs problems permanently. Thanks.

  • pest exterminators

    Do bugs and insects look interesting and amusing when seen on our yard? Yes, they are. In fact, kids love to catch and play with them to satisfy their curiosity. Having bugs or insect inside your house is definitely another story. Bed bug infestation is certainly the last thing that you would want to happen to your home, especially in your bedroom. A good sleep is the most important factor that we need to become a productive individual. Bug bites can lead to sleeping disorders that may affect your health. It can also lead to insecurities due to the bites marks or scratches that bed bugs left on your skin, especially on the arms and legs.