It's well known that hotels can be infested with bed bugs, but not everyone knows that you can encounter bed bugs in a lot of every day places, too. One surprisingly place that may harbor bed bugs is your local library, according to a 2011 survey of pest control professionals. Here are three ways to avoid getting bed bugs at the library.
Avoid upholstered chairs
If you like to read books or work on your laptop in the library, make sure not to do it from the comfort of an upholstered chair. Upholstered chairs provide a perfect place for bed bugs to hide. Bed bugs can hide along the seams of the chair and can easily crawl onto you while you're sitting. Even scarier, they can hide inside the padding, so even if you visually inspect the chair before you sit down, you won't be able to see the bugs.
To stay safe, choose hard, smooth chairs that are easy to inspect. Plastic or metal chairs aren't as comfortable, but it's harder for bed bugs to hide on them.
Freeze books that you bring home
According to pest controllers, it's common to find bed bugs in library books. This is because other library patrons read books in bed or store them in their nightstands, and if they have an infestation, bed bugs can easily crawl inside the books. When you introduce the book to your home, the bed bugs can crawl out and begin to reproduce.
To avoid this, you should freeze any books that you bring home. Put the books in plastic bags with zipper closures to keep moisture or food from damaging the books. If your freezer is set to 0°F, any bed bugs that are lurking inside the books will be dead in at least four days.
Check out electronic books
If freezing all of your library books sounds like too much hassle, consider checking out electronic books, instead. About 95% of libraries now allow patrons to borrow electronic books to read on their e-readers or tablets, and while this new format may take getting used to, it's the easiest way to avoid getting bed bugs from your library.
Libraries provide a great service to their local communities, but just like any other high-traffic building, they can become infested with bed bugs. You can avoid picking up bed bugs at the library by avoiding upholstered chairs, freezing your books, or switching to electronic books.
For professional extermination help, contact a company such as Select Pest Control.