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December 26, 2012
S.F. library: Don’t worry about bedbugs
December 26, 2012

Nancy Hicks: Dog sniffs out bedbugs in one city library


Bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds — on library books.

Tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books, according to a New York Times story.

The Dec. 5 story about libraries on the lookout for bedbugs prompted an obvious question to Lincoln City Libraries.

Have you had any bedbug issues?

This is the answer from Pat Leach, library director:

“We do no ongoing monitoring specific to bedbugs.

“One of our locations had bedbugs present over a year ago. We were alerted by someone who is in the library often — they had an outbreak in their home. We worked with the City/County Health Department and the UNL Extension Division, following their directions. We engaged the services of a dog that sniffs out bedbugs. We did dispose of an upholstered chair.

“We have had one item returned to us in a plastic bag, and the person who returned the book believed that insects within the book were bedbugs. Our staff (looking through the plastic) came to the conclusion that they were not bedbugs. We did dispose of the item.”

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