U of A li­brary to re­open Sun­day af­ter clo­sure for bed bug treat­ment

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JURIS GRANEY jgraney@postmedia.com Twit­ter.com/ju­ris­graney

The first floor of the Univer­sity of Al­berta’s largest li­brary was closed to stu­dents Fri­day so it could be treated for bed bugs, the univer­sity said.

Sharon Mur­phy, as­so­ciate univer­sity li­brar­ian, said a stu­dent re­ported see­ing a bed bug Mon­day on a back­pack near a bank of pub­lic com­put­ers in the Ruther­ford Li­brary.

Mur­phy said staff im­me­di­ately con­tacted the fa­cil­ity and op­er­a­tions depart­ment, which in turn con­tacted a pest con­trol man­age­ment com­pany that brought in a ca­nine de­tec­tion unit.

They con­firmed the pres­ence of bed bugs in a clus­ter of about a dozen mesh chairs in a “small lo­cal­ized area.” Those chairs were bagged and im­me­di­ately re­moved, Mur­phy said.

“From that mo­ment on, the com­pany has fol­low­ing their reg­u­lar pro­ce­dures for deal­ing with bed bugs,” Mur­phy said.

On Satur­day, the en­tire build­ing will be closed as com­put­ers and ta­bles in the af­fected area will be re­moved and pro­cessed in a heat cham­ber, she said.

Fifty chairs will be re­moved and treated off-site.

Mur­phy said there is noth­ing to sug­gest bed bugs had in­fested any li­brary books, but as a pre­cau­tion, staff have asked the com­pany to check the rest of the li­brary.

“That way we can feel re­ally com­fort­able and con­fi­dent when we open on Sun­day morn­ing,” she said.

This is not the first time bed bugs have been re­ported in the li­brary. Last win­ter, the fifth floor was treated af­ter re­ports of bed bugs sur­faced.

The li­brary, which opened in 1951 and is the largest on cam­pus and the sec­ond largest re­search li­brary in Canada, is ex­pected to re­open at 11 a.m. Sun­day.

“We want to re­as­sure our com­mu­nity of users it is highly lo­cal­ized, it’s be­ing treated and we are, as a pre­cau­tion, checking to make sure ev­ery­thing else is fine,” Mur­phy said.

ED KAISER

“A small lo­cal­ized area” in the Univer­sity of Al­berta’s Ruther­ford Li­brary was found to be in­fested with bed­bugs ear­lier this week, which has prompted the univer­sity to close the fa­cil­ity Satur­day for treat­ment and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is ex­pected to re­open as usual Sun­day morn­ing.

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