Responding to inquiries about bed bugs and other pests

Here are the promised tips on how to respond to questions from the public about bed bugs at the library. Always remember that you should only speak about what you know to be factual. If you are not sure about something you are asked, simply tell them you do not know, but will be happy to find out the information or refer them to your supervisor or me.

FAQ for inquiries about pest infestations on the bookmobiles/library

I’ve heard there are bed bugs on the bookmobiles—is this true?
Answer: Yes we have found evidence of pests. We inspect the vehicles regularly, and have followed the procedures determined by our pest control company. The library and the bookmobile collections are inspected on a regular schedule.

Is this why the bookmobile were out of service some days in September?
Answer: Indicators of the presence of bed bugs were found on the Sherlock bookmobile, and it was taken out of service to treat the vehicle.

How are bed bugs treated and prevented?
Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect you have bed bugs contact your landlord or professional pest control company that is experienced with treating bed bugs. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.

How did the bookmobile get bed bugs?
Bed bugs are experts at hiding and are usually transported from place to place as people travel. They travel in seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes and anywhere else they can find to hide. Often people do not realize they are transporting bed bugs with them. (Source:

What are signs of bed bug infestation?
One of the easiest ways to identify bed bug infestation is by the telltale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body part while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area.

Do bed bugs spread disease?
Answer: Bed bugs should not be considered a medical or a public health hazard.They are not known to spread disease, but can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.

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