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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 09/20/2010

Bedbugs found at Frederick library

By Washington Post editors

The public library in Urbana has a case of bedbugs.

Officials at Frederick County Public Libraries said Monday they have temporarily closed the Urbana library bookdrop after an employee spotted bedbugs in a book there Friday.

Interlibrary loans involving the Urbana branch also have been suspended.

Library officials say material from the bookdrop, and some material and carts from the building's circulation room have been locked inside a truck parked outdoors.

They plan to let the sun bring the truck's internal temperature to 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes. They say that will kill the bedbugs.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 20, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Yes, temperatures of 120 degrees will kill bedbugs.

But I really hope that the librarians don't assume that just because the truck's AIR temperature reaches 120 degrees, that the internal temperature in the middle of a thick book will also be 120 degrees.

It will probably take several hours to bring the books up to an internal temperature of 120 degrees. And you'd better believe that, as the temperature rises, the bedbugs will scurry towards the very coolest crevice they can reach.

Frankly, the Frederick library's move seems like a half-hearted token effort to calm customers down, rather than a serious effort to eradicate the bugs.

Perhaps they realize that even if they eradicate the bugs this time, it's just a matter of time before more bedbugs show up in returned books, and it's all a losing battle ...

Posted by: vfr2dca | September 20, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"But I really hope that the librarians don't assume that just because the truck's AIR temperature reaches 120 degrees, that the internal temperature in the middle of a thick book will also be 120 degrees.

It will probably take several hours to bring the books up to an internal temperature of 120 degrees."

LOL a wise comment ;)

Better just set the whole damm thing on fire :)

But here's a good argument for getting rid of books altogether...yesterdays' status-symbol is now todays' host of infestation. And what to do if you're a hoarder :)

Digitize it, baby :)

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 20, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I remember my mom telling me "Don't let the bedbugs bite", and I always thought they were myths - like that monster in my closet.
Then a couple of years ago I got them - took me weeks to figure out what was going on.
Then I got them again! The first time was moving into an apartment, the second after an overseas trip. They hard to spot, and harder to get rid of.
Afterwards I started a blog on my experience, and the best product I found that gave me the knowledge and plan to get rid of them.
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-get-rid-of-Bed-Bugs-at-Home

Posted by: JonRPatrick | September 21, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

What about freezing? Libraries and conservators often do that with newly acquired antique books to kill any destructive bugs before they put them on display.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | September 21, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Four sane comments in a row, think of it . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | September 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Not in the ghetto...but the new yuppie elite suburb of Urbana. Guess the newbies brought the bugs from their previous haunts like Montgomery County.

Posted by: MRGB | September 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh...so close to 5, fallschurch1. Tuesday must be hump day for trolls.

Posted by: dave_cny | September 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

folks with bedbugs read, too...

Posted by: millertek | September 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

skid marks kill bedbugs too!

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | September 21, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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