Bed Bugs: Frequently Asked Questions
following are the most common questions the Kalamazoo Public Library has
received regarding bed bugs being found in library books. If you have
additional questions, please contact
I have books from the library, should I
Bed Bugs are a community-wide issue that
affects almost all public-access buildings including schools, hospitals, office
buildings and more. It is incumbent on each of us to be diligent in minimizing
personal risk by being observant and not place personal items such as jackets
and bags on the floor or soft-surface furniture in public buildings. The
Kalamazoo Public Library will continue to work to mitigate the issue of bedbugs
in our locations to minimize patron contact. We recommend that if you are
concerned about materials you have borrowed from the library that you keep them
in a plastic, zip-top bag when not in use, and not place materials on or near
Will the library notify me if my books
may have been affected?
Only in cases where the definitive
source of the bed bug discovery is clear and confirmed, will the Kalamazoo
Public Library notify the patron of the findings.
Will the library close if bed bugs are found?
The Kalamazoo Public Library will exact all due diligence to avoid the
closing of a library location unless recommended by a qualified pest control
company. Most treatments can be done for isolated areas without affecting
services and can be performed during non-business hours.
How do I minimize my risk of exposure to bed bugs?
A library is not a conducive environment for bed bugs to thrive. They
require a sleeping, human or animal host to feed from, and they will stay close
to their food source. Without nourishment, bed bugs will not populate and
spread. They are typically brought in to a library on people, on clothing, in
bags, etc. All five locations of the Kalamazoo Public Library have a rule that
bans patrons from bringing large bags, bed rolls, suitcases, blankets, large
plastic bags and oversized back packs into the library. We recommend patrons
not bring any large items with them and not set personal belongings (jackets
and bags) on the floor or on furniture. If patrons are concerned about
materials, keep them sealed in a plastic zip-top bag when not in use and do
not place books on or near beds or bedding.
What if I find evidence that my library materials are
affected by bed bugs?
- Immediately seal all
library materials in a zip-top plastic bag and notify the location you
borrowed from of the incident. You may return the materials to the library in
zip-top bags and indicate upon return that you found evidence of bed
- Do NOT attempt to treat library materials on your own by placing
them in the microwave or oven. There is a metal RFID tag in books that will
spark and start a fire. Do not spray library materials with pesticides. You
will be held responsible for any damages sustained by KPL materials during a