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Rinconada Library closed because of bed bugs

City sends in bug-sniffing dogs to all local branches

Palo Alto's Rinconada Library is closed to allow a pest control company to treat a small area within the library where bed bugs were found during a canine inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The inspection was prompted after bed bugs were found on two chairs on the first floor of the Mitchell Park Library on Sept. 23.

The bed bugs discovered at the Rinconada branch on Newell Road were also found in two chairs within the library. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Inspectors will treat the furniture and surrounding surfaces, and will return seven to 10 days after to ensure the treatment was successful.

Bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries as they can be transported through the sharing of books, according to the city. Mitchell Park Library shares books within a large region and through the Link+ system.

Four other city libraries were inspected, including the Children's Library and College Terrace Library, which were free of bed bugs. The Downtown Library will be closed on Friday, Oct. 2, to allow for inspection and Mitchell Park Library will be reinspected next week.

On Monday, Assistant City Manager Suzanne Mason said the city is sending bug-sniffing dogs to all libraries "out of an abundance of caution."

"This is a common protocol and we also asked the pest contractor to inspect recent book returns as well," Mason said. "While we have not had this problem in our libraries before, it has become more common in the past five years in libraries around the country."

Formerly known as Main Library, the Rinconada Library reopened to the public earlier this year after an extensive renovation and expansion. Both the Rinconada project and the newly built Mitchell Park branch were funded through a $76-million bond Palo Alto voters passed in 2008.

The canines will continue to inspect the libraries on an ongoing basis, according to the city.

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Posted by Any name i wish
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

"Bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries..."?
[Portion removed.] Before recently, how many times in PA?

As to cause, transfer via book/material is a mere possibility. Equal or more likely possible is that bedbugs in libraries -- in PA and elsewhere, and especially in seating upholstery -- are introduced by the clothing and bodies of persons.


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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm

The city should card adults for driver's licenses and only allowed residents to use our libraries.


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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

More rogue business travellers, i'm sure.


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Posted by @Palo Altan
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Lets blame this on the homeless again! Or on greedy developers!


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Posted by Think about it
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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Posted by Bugs
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Palo Alto: are you suggesting that because you know with certainty that no Palo Altan would ever harbor beg bugs on their pristine bodies? Like none of the kids have lice, and none of the squirrels have rabies, and no Palo Alto dog or cat has ticks or fleas.

Please.


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Posted by @Think about it
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

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Posted by You'd prefer my real name
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

The solution is clear: a bedbug sniffing machine/robot to sniff every entering book and person!

The sensor was invented at least by 2011. It won a Popular Science Invention award: Web Link

Maybe Google can donate or give a good price on a few of their robot Spot dogs: Web Link

Give Google's Spot a bedbug sniffing nose, and the problem is solved. And zero benefits and zero pension costs!


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Posted by any name I wish
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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Posted by Think about it
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

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Posted by Shalto Alo
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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Posted by good work
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

It sounds like the bedbug infestations at both the Rinconada and Mitchell Park Libraries were caught very early, when they could be relatively easily eradicated. As someone who reads a new library book every week or two, I appreciate the proactive approach of the city librarians. Good work!


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Posted by Sig
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:53 am

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Posted by Bugless
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2015 at 2:13 am

Maybe they should build a wall to keep the infestation from spreading outwards. You can keep your bug infested books and upholstery all to yourselves. I hope the other (clean) libraries in the area are taking precautions and putting Palo Alto books in quarantine.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2015 at 7:48 am

If bed bugs are found in upholstered chairs, the likelihood is that they have not got there from books.

Mitchell Park bedbugs were in chairs which makes it sound like they came from someone who had been sitting there.

Where were the Rinconada bedbugs found?

On a different note, I have noticed that library books are getting dirtier than they used to. Crumbs, coffee stains, food stains, grease, etc. are becoming a sign that people don't care about what they do with their library books. As a child I was taught that library books are not mine so treat them with more respect because they have to go back for someone else to read. I get the impression that library books nowadays are not treated with that type of mindset.


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Posted by Problem Solver
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

"As to cause, transfer via book/material is a mere possibility"

Isn't anybody squeezing those books before shelving them?


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Posted by OPar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Resident,

The Rinconada bugs were also found on chairs. So, yes, someone who's infested probably came in.


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a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

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on Oct 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm


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