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Menlo Park Library reopens after bed bug scare

 

UPDATE: The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center reopened Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. after being closed Tuesday evening and Wednesday after a bed bug was found on a chair, according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer.

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The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center was closed Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, after a bed bug was found in a chair, City Manager Alex McIntyre said.

The bed bug and the affected chair were removed, McIntyre said.

The library was closed Wednesday, Oct. 7, to "allow pest control to inspect, treat and clean the library for any possible remaining bed bugs," he said. The building was also ventilated.

"Out of an abundance of caution, a bed bug-sniffing dog will evaluate the entire facility Thursday morning, Oct. 8, before the library would possibly reopen at 10 a.m.," McIntyre said.

Library staff will receive "bed bug awareness and identification training," he added.

Bed bugs were found on chairs in the Rinconada and Mitchell Park libraries in Palo Alto last week.

The libraries were shut down for a pest control company to treat the furniture and surrounding surfaces.

Bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries as they can be transported through the sharing of books, according to the City of Palo Alto. Mitchell Park Library shares books within a large region and through the Link+ system. The Menlo Park Library is not part of this system.

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Posted by moi
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on Oct 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

How does one keep the bed bugs off of the bed bug sniffing dogs?


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