Bed Bug FAQ

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FAQ for inquiries about pest infestations on the bookmobiles/library

I’ve heard there have been bed bugs on the bookmobiles and/or in the library.
Yes, we have occasionally found evidence of pests and have treated the areas. We inspect the library and library vehicles on a regular schedule, and follow the procedures determined by our pest control company.

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 a 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 and/or library 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. These include rusty or reddish stains on sheets, mattresses, or small dark spots on furniture.

Do bed bugs spread disease?
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. They can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.

What health risks do bed bugs pose?
A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous, however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

What does the library do to prevent or treat bed bugs?
The library is professionally inspected by a bed bug sniffing dog and her handler frequently (they are on property 3 times a month). If any bugs are detected, materials and/or furniture are removed and treated with heat above temperatures that have been proven to kill all bed bugs.

Procedures for Bed Bug Removal

These procedures are primarily intended for our Maintenance staff, as they will generally be the first line of defense in this area. However, it is important for everyone to understand what happens in case you get questions from the public.

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More Resources

Center for Disease Control

Environmental Protection Agency

New York State Integrated Pest Management at Cornell University

California Department of Public Health

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