This week, staff discovered bedbugs in various chairs and couches in the Duncanville Public Library. The affected pieces of furniture were deemed untreatable and were promptly discarded in order to prevent the bedbugs’ spreading further throughout the Library. Exterminators were then brought onsite to assess the rest of the facility.
The Library underwent treatment for bedbugs after closing at 6PM on the evening of Friday, August 12th. The treatment required only 4 hours to take effect and dissipate before the building is safe to enter, so the Library was able to open for normal service hours at 10AM on Saturday, August 13th. Exterminators will return for a post-treatment inspection within approximately one week.
As a precaution, Library visitors (as well as the general public) are advised to check their homes, cars, and workplaces for signs of bedbugs, such as small rust-colored spots on mattresses or furniture, or a sweet, musty odor. While bedbugs can live in many places, they are most commonly found close to where a person sleeps.
Once discovered, bedbugs can be treated with heat (as by running clothes and bedsheets through the dryer on high heat, or steam-cleaning carpets) or with insecticides and other chemical agents. Severely affected areas should be treated by a professional exterminator.
More information about bedbugs (including signs/symptoms, treatment, mitigation, prevention) can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dallas County Health and Human Services.
For more information regarding Library facilities and services, contact Library staff at 972-780-5050.