Bed bugs can spread through books

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The next time you pick up a book from the library, you might want to scan the pages for more than just words. The American Library Association developed advice for public libraries to prevent and treat bed bugs found in books.

It may be winter, but pest experts say the cold weather doesn’t matter. Bed bugs are a year-round problem and tend to find creative hiding places, including novels.

“Bed bugs are definitely attracted to inanimate objects that have narrow spaces that they can hide in,” said Michael Draney, a biologist with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“Typically bed bugs are found in the spine of the book. They can be found in between the pages. Bed bugs are very flat unless they’re fed, so they can squeeze just about anywhere,” said Josh Erdman, owner of Erdye’s Pest Control.

Bed bugs can be transferred from one place to another unknowingly.

“They’re small insects and they hide in very small spaces, and so you wouldn’t necessarily know that you were carrying them around so it is certainly possible you could move bed bugs from one place to another,” said Draney.

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