Li­braries re­open after treat­ments

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com As­so­ci­ate Edi­tor Tr­ish McGee at the Kent County News con­trib­uted re­port­ing to this story.

DEN­TON — Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­braries in Den­ton and Fed­er­als­burg re­opened Mon­day, Oct. 29, after a proac­tive week­end treat­ments for beg beds.

The Greens­boro lo­ca­tion re­mains tem­po­rary closed for treat­ments, but is an­tic­i­pated to re­open later this week.

DEN­TON — Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­braries in Den­ton and Fed­er­als­burg re­opened Mon­day, Oct. 29, after a proac­tive week­end treat­ments for beg beds.

The Greens­boro lo­ca­tion re­mains tem­po­rary closed for treat­ments, but is an­tic­i­pated to re­open later this week.

“With heat treat­ment and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the treat­ment, we have taken ev­ery pre­cau­tion to en­sure that our col­lec­tion is safe and that our li­brary lo­ca­tions are free of bed bugs,” said Caro­line County Li­brary Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Debby Ben­nett. “As this is­sue con­tin­ues to arise in ho­tels, homes, li­braries and other pub­lic spa­ces, we will re­main vig­i­lant.

“Li­brary staff mem­bers have been trained to rec­og­nize signs of bed­bugs and will con­tinue to in­spect all ma­te­ri­als that are re­turned to the li­brary,” she said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate our cus­tomers’ sup­port and pa­tience.”

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 bed bug-sniff­ing dog Drax com­pleted in­spec­tions at each li­brary lo­ca­tion and iden­ti­fied in­fested areas in each lo­ca­tion.

Drax re­turned to the li­braries to ver­ify that all sus­pi­cious areas had been re­solved. Drax gave both the Den­ton and Fed­er­als­burg lo­ca­tions “two paws up” and both lo­ca­tions re­opened to the pub­lic at noon Mon­day, Oct. 29.

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 Direc­tor Frances Cress­well.

The Ch­ester­town branch of Kent County’s pub­lic li­braries treated their fa­cil­i­ties Oct. 25, but were open in time for early 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 sev­en­plus 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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Bed bug-sniff­ing dog Drax in­spected the li­brary lo­ca­tions in Caro­line County.

Caro­line County Pub­lic Li­brary’s three lo­ca­tions, in Den­ton, Fed­er­als­burg and Greens­boro, were tem­po­rar­ily closed after some East­ern Shore li­braries re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced bed bug in­fes­ta­tions.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Bed bug-sniff­ing dog Drax in­spected the li­brary lo­ca­tions in Caro­line County.

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