“Pest management experts were immediately called in after one insect was found. This was not an infestation. There was no adverse impact on patrons, staff or library materials,” a statement from the library said.
According to library officials, a trained dog investigated the library on April 28 and found some bed bug activity in one desk, in a piece of furniture and in a drawer in areas off-limits to patrons. All three item were destroyed.
The Daily Voice also noted that one day later, “the pest management firm reported no evidence of bed bugs in the building.”
Such confident declarations are normally made in stories like this, where bed bugs are found and a single treatment is done in public places. However, note that when homes are treated, unless structural heat or structural gas fumigation are used for treatment, it isn’t normally assumed that one treatment will be sufficient.
Bed bug treatments of the steam/spray/dust variety typically are repeated every two weeks until the problem is gone. And since it’s rare to see a bed bug if there aren’t many present, and since bed bug bites aren’t a reliable indicator as to whether bed bugs are present, pest management professionals (PMPs) often use bed bug monitors to see if the problem persists. (And if they don’t, consumers will probably want to do this for themselves — see our FAQ on various types of bed bug monitors.)
Today, Talk of the Sound reports one bed bug was found in a staff area of the New Rochelle Public Library this past Monday, that spraying was to have occurred this morning, and the library was to open at 10 am.
Were bed bugs brought in again?
Perhaps. Or maybe they were there all the time.