DULUTH, Minn. - The downtown Duluth Public Library is open for business, despite a recent infestation of bed bugs.
The library confirms that a staff member discovered a bed bug in an area of the first floor on Wednesday, which led to a wider inspection and subsequent treatment of all three floors Wednesday night. Because of the timely response it was safe to open the library for business Thursday morning.
The treatment product, known as CrossFire, is commonly used in the industry but must be applied three times, with each treatment spread out one week apart to eradicate bugs at various stages of development. The product takes about one hour to dry. after which the space and furniture is safe for use. Doing the treatments at night ensures a thorough treatment process without disruption to library services or resident access.
No bed bugs have been found at the other two library branches, but both will be inspected and monitored as a precaution.
Library staff will have fact sheets available for those with questions about bed bugs or the treatment. It is important to note that bed bugs do not pose a health risk. They do show up from time to time
in public spaces, including libraries, but this is the first time bed bugs have discovered at the Duluth Public Libraries.
Anyone wanting to learn more can access the Minnesota Department of Health webpage.