Bedbugs Frustrate Bookworms

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:12am

Infestation shuts down Michigan library.

Taylor, Michigan's public library was closed Monday while the city said it dealt with bed bugs that had been found inside it.

On its website, the city said pet control was handling the situation and the library was scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.

Someone saw a bed bug this past Friday, staff said.

"We shut the library just to be safe because it is a 25,000-square-foot building," said library general foreman Guido Ulin. "We didn't want to just do a total manual inspection. He suggested we bring the dog out."

That dog is Odie, a professional bug sniffer.

"You put him on the mark and he is a bit of a mercenary because he is trained to sniff-out and when he finds something he gets his reward," said Ed Szablewski, Odie's owner.

Odie did a full sweep of the library Monday afternoon and found no bed bugs.

"He goes in, looks for the odor, looks for the bugs, and when he finds it we confirm it," said Tony Williams, of Orkin Pest Control. "About 97 percent accurate."

The dog will return once per month to inspect for bed bugs.

Ulin said the library staff is cautious because it has so many people going in and out of its doors.

The library reopened Monday evening and will resume normal operating hours Tuesday.

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