Health Alert 12-10: Bed Bugs in Books

By: Angela Howard
By: Angela Howard

If you thought bedbugs were only in beds, think again. The little pests were recently discovered on the campus at one college in Seattle, but they weren't snuggled up in the sheets of a student's dorm room.
The bugs were found between the pages of some books.

Just before fall classes started at the University of Washington, librarians made a startling discovery while inspecting returned books.

'They noticed some spotting near the spine, and as they looked closer, they realized there were insects in the book.'

Those insects were bedbugs. Small creepy crawlies capable of massive infestations. Officials collected 45 books of the library's seven million volume collection, and froze them in temperatures around 18 degrees below zero -- killing the bugs in their tracks.

'We also brought in a bed bug sniffing dog shortly thereafter to make sure all our facilities had been cleared.'

Officials at the University say they only have two incidents of bed bugs hitching a ride on books. Experts will say there are many other ways for these bed bugs to travel.

Michael Banfield is in the bedbug business. He says even though these bugs are small, they can travel great distances.

'We talk to professionals throughout North America and throughout the world that are treating bed bugs. What we see in the U.S, that people that are calling professional pest control companies four times more than last year for bed bug control.'

'Be aware. If you get an irritation or any biting on your children go and do an inspection.'


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