Russell Library in Middletown reopened Friday after the building was closed earlier in the week due to an infestation of bedbugs.

A contractor used a dog to sniff out remnants of bedbugs inside the library, and a heat truck set to approximately 125 degrees was used bake the bedbugs out of the infected items.

Arthur Myers, the Director of Russell Library, said the dog identified around 2,000 infected items in the library’s collection. Some shelving and chairs were also identified as part of the infected items.

“The problem is more of a national and international problem that can arise anywhere,” said Myers. “It’s a nuisance, but very fortunately we had this very fast response.”

The library asks patrons who have borrowed from their collection to put the material in sealed, plastic bags.


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