Secret Site Map
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home News Opinions Vary Regarding Bed Bugs and Library Books

Opinions Vary Regarding Bed Bugs and Library Books

Bed bugs

Bed Bug Central’s Jeff White weighs on recent reports that bed bugs can be spread by (and to) library patrons borrowing books.

| December 11, 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Increasing bed bug complaints in public libraries have recently become a heated topic between The New York Times and Reluctant Habits’ Edward Champion. Last week, The New York Times released an article, “A Dark and Itchy Night”, discussing the growing amount of libraries affected by bed bugs.  Shortly after, Reluctant Habits countered the story with “The Bedbug Bunk: How The New York Times Used Fear And Misinformation To Spread Public Library Hysteria” calling it misleading saying the New York Times used fear and misinformation to bring attention to the issue. BedBug Central’s Technical Director, Jeff White, shares his thoughts on the growing debate. 

 “There’s a delicate balance to consider between public education and hysteria when writing these articles”, White said. “The focus needs to be awareness on both ends of the equation: library and patron.”

Regardless of what side of the issue you fall on, borrowing a book with bed bugs is a rare situation and not a risk that should prevent people from using libraries. However, the general public does underestimate the number of libraries who have dealt with this issue, especially in larger cities. As a patron, consumers should know what a bed bug looks like and take a quick glance at a book before borrowing it. That simple five-second glance could prevent an unwanted visitor.

White further states that libraries need to be aware that bed bugs could be an issue and provide basic training to staff on how to recognize a bed bug, answer any questions about the topic and to take a quick glance at a book when returning it to a shelf to be sure it doesn't have an obvious issue. Being proactive can go a long way in preventing an expensive and time-consuming infestation. While there is no real data on the topic, the chance you actually borrow a book with bed bugs is one- in-a-million, but simple information and education is key.  Visiting an online resource like www.bedbugcentral.com can provide libraries and patrons with basic information on how to identify, prevent and treat bed bugs.
 

Top news

ScottsMiracle-Gro Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Action Pest Control

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced that its subsidiary EG Systems, Inc., doing business as Scotts LawnService, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Action Pest Control, Evansville Ind., which ranked 56th on the 2014 PCT Top 100 list, with annual revenues of $11.6 million. The transaction, which is expected to close by January 2015, would mark Scotts’ first acquisition of a structural pest control business.

WCBB Raising Funds to Help Injured Industry Professional

Trade group Wildlife Control Business Builders (WCBB) is raising funds to help ECO Wildlife Solutions' Susan Sims, who suffered serious injuries as a result of a ladder fall.

Study Examines Disease Potential of NYC's Rats

Columbia University researchers spent a year collecting 133 rats in Manhattan. They found that the specimens were carrying food-borne illnesses like salmonella, as well as fever-inducing illnesses.

NPMA Looks to the Future During PestWorld Opening Ceremony

More than 3,000 industry professionals from 80-plus countries have traveled to Orlando, Fla., for PestWorld ’14. The Opening Ceremony, sponsored by Bayer, featured musical act Rhythm Extreme.

West Nile Virus Update — October 2014

As of October 14, a total of 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes, CDC reports.

x