You didn’t think New York was going to have all the fun, did you? With all the local media frenzy in the Big Apple, we mustn’t forget that bed bugs are a problem everywhere.
Toronto has been one of the hardest hit cities in North America.
Workers there have noticed signs of the parasites at four spots in the building, including the fourth-floor periodical section, the Toronto Star reports.
The building’s facility manager said the library has hired a pest control company, which has used sticky tape, traps, powders, steam and sprays. And cleaners have been coming in regularly for four-hour sessions when the building is closed.
These methods — traditional steam, spray, and dust treatments — can work, but need to be reapplied, usually in multiple treatments spaced 10-14 days apart, before they solve a bed bug problem.
The library is also trying to be proactive:
The manager also mentioned the library has reupholstered one room to make it easier to clean.
The building’s wall-to-wall carpeting – meant to reduce noise – and padded chairs are an ideal environment for bedbugs.
Upholstered or padded chairs make it hard to detect bed bugs hiding there.
Note: CityNews claims bed bugs have also been found other Toronto libraries, including the Yorkville and Parliament branches of the public library system.
And don’t forget the case a while back in the Denver Public Library.
There have been rumors of bed bugs in various New York City library branches.
It can happen anywhere! Bed bugs may be in your library too.
More articles on bed bugs in Toronto.