Caroline libraries close for proactive bed bug check
DENTON — The Caroline County Public Libraries in Denton, Federalsburg and Greensboro will be closed for the next several days, in an attempt to proactively inspect the building for bed bugs, a news release states.
With Eastern Shore libraries recently experiencing problems with the pests, including the closure of Dorchester County’s Cambridge facility earlier in the month, the Caroline County Public Libraries held K-9 inspections Oct. 25.
The bedbug-sniffing dog Drax completed inspections at each library location and identified infested areas in each location.
Caroline County Executive Director Debby Bennett said she appreciated customers’ patience while the dealt with the issue.
“It is our job to ensure that our collection is safe and that our library locations are free of bed bugs,” Bennett said. “Library staff will remain vigilant and will continue to inspect all materials that are returned to the library.”
According to the American Library Association, bed bugs are a growing problem nationwide. While the pests do not transmit diseases, they can be found in nearly any public space.
At the Dorchester County Cambridge branch of public libraries, the bugs were found in a few separate locations, according to DirectorFrances Cresswell.
The Chestertown branch of Kent County’s public libraries treated their facilities Oct. 25, but were open in time for early branches voting polls at 10 a.m. The treatment the Chestertown facility received also was proactive, Director Jackie Adams said.
”For all intents and purposes, we are bed bug free,” Adams said Oct. 24. “We’re going above and beyond because we understand the public’s concern and because we want the library to be a safe, open and welcoming building.”
Adams said this is the first incidence of a bed bug infestation in her time as director, spanning seven-plus years.
A meeting is scheduled for library directors across the state to discuss how to best prepare and treat libraries for bed bugs, though a date has not been set as of Oct. 17.
Associate Editor Trish McGee at the Kent County News contributed reporting to this story.