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Bed Bugs – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Over millions of years, bed bugs have evolved as nest parasites – inhabiting the nests of birds and the roosts of bats. Some of them have learnt to adapt to the human environment and live in our nests, i.e. our homes. There is no evidence that bed bugs carry disease but they do cause a nuisance.   More information about Bed Bugs can be found on the Region of Halton’s website at http://www.halton.ca/living_in_halton/public_health/environmental_health/bed_bugs/ .

Q2. How do you test for bed bugs? What occurs during an inspection?
A team of trained bed bug detection dogs and handlers will inspect the entire library building at each branch. If a bed bug detection dog detects the scent of a bed bug, a second dog will be brought in to confirm; if confirmed, the area is deemed a localized hit. A visual inspection by the dog’s handler is also carried out.

Treatment of localized hit areas will be carried out immediately using heat treatments and/or spray treatments as deemed appropriate by the pest control professionals. If heat is appropriate then it will be used first; if not, then a chrysanthemum-based insecticide will be used.

Q3. Are there bed bugs at Oakville Public Library?
The most recent bed bug inspection at Oakville Public Library branches occurred on Friday, June 3, 2016. Bed bug detection dogs and handlers did not detect any bed bugs or traces of bed bugs. Oakville Public Library will annually test for bed bugs annually as per its Bed Bug Prevention and Containment Policy.

Q4. What should I do if I find a bed bug in library material?
Customers are asked to immediately place the affected library material into a plastic bag and seal it as tightly as possible. Re-sealable Ziploc bags are best but any plastic tied securely will do. Once sealed, return the material to an Oakville Public Library branch and notify staff of the problem upon your arrival; please do not deposit the item in a book drop. Staff are aware of intake procedures for items that contain bed bugs.

Q5. Will Oakville Public Library inform residents if bed bugs are discovered at library branches?
Yes; a positive customer experience is a top priority at Oakville Public Library. Information regarding bed bug hits and treatments will be made available on the library website in an effort to keep residents informed and demonstrate the library’s commitment to transparency.