Toronto’s Reference Library vs. bed bugs

by nobugsonme on July 18, 2010 · 6 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, libraries, ontario, toronto

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.

And now Toronto’s CityNews reports that the city’s Metro Reference Library has bed bugs:

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.

Inspect your surroundings (looking for signs of bed bugs) before you sit or put your stuff down, and carefully examine books before they go home. If you have a Packtite, crank it up.

More on this story from the Toronto Star’s Joe Fiorito, and BlogTO.

More articles on bed bugs in Toronto.

1 bugged-out July 21, 2010 at 4:11 am

How ironic that the Parliament St library branch is also mentioned in this article. When I first had problems with BB’s, I was living right across the road from there. Fortunately I’ve moved since then and although I had a second outbreak at my new location (suspect I brought them with me, even though I was as careful as possible). I finally un-quarantined my possessions just a few weeks ago after 2 years. No signs of the little buggers.

2 nobugsonme July 24, 2010 at 12:08 am

Good for you, bugged-out. Hope you never have to deal with this again.

3 BugsInTO July 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Joe Fiorito’s column today called for residents of the Greater Toronto Area to write to him at the Toronto Star describing their bedbug experiences. Joe is trying to rally a ground swell of protests and just wanted to alert Forum members from the GTA.

As an FYI – Yorkville Library almost directly across the street from the Toronto Reference. Parliament Library is walking distance from several men’s hostels that have been infested with bedbugs for years. Libraries are public spaces and when the homeless get put out of their hostels every morning, the Library is a safe haven. All three are located in the downtown core of the city. Of course.

4 nobugsonme July 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

Thanks, BugsinTO! I had seen this article too and have not gotten to post about it yet. The people of Toronto are lucky to have Joe Fiorito on the case of bed bugs. I wrote him a fan letter a few years ago when his articles on bed bugs first appeared.

5 Lou Howe July 31, 2010 at 11:33 am

I have communicated with Joe Fiorito about control methods,leg traps,dust,DE andespecially Safebed protector 2 now being manufactured in Barrie.He is a valuable resource to the people of Toronto and I look forward to his columns 3 days a week.

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