A blogger named dawnwing describes an incident at the library she works at:
A lot of the talk yesterday revolved around a bizarre incident from last week – a customer returned several books on tape that were crawling with bed bugs, bed bug skins and bed bug poo. Obviously they all had to be discarded. I didn’t recognize the description of the customers (adult son who lives with his mum, who has a colostomy bag that goes unchanged). I googled bed bugs and discovered a few facts : they were quite prevalent during the 30s and 40s before powerful pesticides like DDT began to be used. Now DDT is not so favored and bed bugs have begun to enjoy a resurgence. I was scratching for most of the day yesterday, am scratching now from writing this.
Bed bugs make great hitchhikers.
I would venture, though, that these folks must live in a seriously infested home to bring in items in such a state.
I hope that they are getting help.
And I am really glad these librarians were able to recognize what the problem was. They were lucky: if it was a very small problem (for example, one bug hidden in an item), it might not be spotted and the items might simply be reshelved.
These days, with bed bugs spreading so extensively, it makes sense to carefully inspect anything you are bringing home, or anything you’re taking in which was in someone else’s home.
And about the scratching: the power of suggestion (the very idea of bed bugs, as it were) can lead to itching in many cases. But anyone who has had any contact with bed bugs should definitely be alert to their possible presence at work or home.
They hide well.
Stealth, thy name is bed bug.