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Wednesday October 24th, 2012

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In late September, the Windsor Public Library received a report of a bed bug sighting at the Downtown Central Library in a ground floor literacy training room. This room is not open to the general public. The room was sealed, exterminators called in together with professional carpet and upholstery cleaners. The rooms were steam cleaned and an environmentally safe spray residue applied to shelving, furniture and other surfaces. The room remained sealed and was then re-checked. No further evidence was found of bed bugs.

Since that time, the library reports another bed bug sighting on the second floor. An inspection team, including a trained sniffer dog and handler, was immediately contacted and directed to inspect the entire library building. Localized areas containing bed bugs were found in two casual seating areas at Central Library. These areas were cleaned and sprayed and the furniture in question sealed and taken away. The areas in question are now free of bed bugs.

When a sniffer dog detects the scent of a bed bug, this area is referred to as a localized hit. Areas surrounding localized hits are then treated with an environmentally safe residue spray. Measures are also being put into place to ensure materials being added to or returned to the library collection are not a source of bed bugs.

The library is asking for help from their customers asking that when they visit their libraries, that they keep bags and other personal items off the floor and refrain from wearing clothing that might drag across carpeted areas. They also ask that if you discover a bed bug or eggs in a library item, place the item in a Ziploc type bag and return it directly to a staff person and when visiting the library, customers are asked to alert staff if there is a sighting.

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