Bedbugs Hitch a Ride on Library Books

“READING in bed, once considered a relatively safe pastime, is now seen by some as a riskier proposition. That’s because bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts.”

via New York Times

3 Responses to “Bedbugs Hitch a Ride on Library Books”

  1. Michael Sauers
    December 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    The Bedbug Bunk: How The New York Times Used Fear And Misinformation To Spread Public Library Hysteria

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/the-bedbug-bunk-how-the-n_n_2253547.html

    • MiketheLibrarian
      December 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you, Mr. Sauers. Seriously, folks, one library got a donated book with a gun in it. Some friends worked at a library that accepted a large number of donations with black mold in them, which resulted in the entire staff going to the emergency room, and the destruction of anything that came in contact with the spores.

      People. Police your own stuff.

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