I am working to answer questions from staff about bed bugs. Many of those questions could be answered by existing FAQ’s so here is a list that I found to be authoritative and helpful.
Center for Disease Control
Environmental Protection Agency
New York State Integrated Pest Management at Cornell University
I have not reviewed each of the links in this list but it is a relatively exhaust list of FAQ’s compiled by the California Department of Public Health
I will work to answer other questions specific to TSCPL.
As of 1:30 pm on Friday, October 9th, TSCPL has had no further reports of bed bugs, bites or any other manifestation. We have had patrons returning checked out items to us in plastic bags, reporting that their homes have bedbugs. Staff have done an excellent job of dealing with that. They double bagged the items to just be extra cautious and turned them over to Ruth to complete the process.
As I told you earlier, Scout will return on the 16th to finish inspecting the building. Pest experts from Schendel have visually checked several of the areas left for Scout and have found no evidence of bed bugs.
I try to be extra cautious with something like this because people are understandably concerned. Again, the great thing is that bed bugs are not known to spread disease, so we don’t have to worry about that.
Based on the information at hand, I believe that staff and public don’t need to have an over-riding concern about picking up bed bugs at the library.
I still encourage us to be vigilant and please notify Administration/Manager in Charge/Maintenance and Security if anyone, including yourselves, finds anything that concerns you. I want us to take those seriously so we can confidently say that we address any report with seriousness.
Thank you for all of your help in dealing with this unpleasant situation.