Bed Bug Information

In the past several years, bed bugs have become increasingly common in communities across the country. Unfortunately, any building that people visit may also host bed bugs. 

Procedures and Reports

The William P. Faust Public Library of Westland has a comprehensive bed bug prevention and treatment procedure, established in 2013. The library heats all incoming materials (including books and media items) for 90 minutes at 126 degrees in special heaters designed for library materials. This is the only process that has been proven to kill all bed bug life stages, including eggs. The library contracts with Orkin Pest Control for monthly visits by a specially trained bed bug dog to check for bed bugs in the building. In addition, library staff members are trained to recognize the signs of bed bugs so that we can treat them immediately if necessary.

How You Can Help

The greatest difficulty the library faces in our work to keep bed bugs out of the building is they may be brought into the library by unsuspecting patrons on library books, clothing, shoes, or bags.

You can learn to identify bed bugs in books and help us keep them out of the library. You may only see a single black dot on the outside of the book and its pages, but on the inside you might see dots and/or blood smears. A bed bug’s favorite hiding place is in the books’ binding. It is not uncommon for bed bugs to be caught inside of a book and to be squeezed inside either the front or back cover. It is also important to look underneath book jackets, another favorite hiding place. Prior to bringing your library materials back to the library, please check them for bed bugs. If you believe that your library materials may be infected with bed bugs, place the materials in sealed bags and notify the library. 

Keeping Yourself Bed Bug Free

To learn more about the resurgence of bed bugs and how to avoid them, please watch the following video: Bed Bug Basics: 10 Tips to Protect Yourself

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