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Local library reopened after being closed due to discovery of bed bugs

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The Mt. Morris branch of the Genesee District Library has reopened after being closed when staff members discovered evidence of bed bugs in returned items.

The items in question were removed and placed in Ziploc bags.

Early results show evidence of bed bugs in two books. 

Mt. Morris city officials were notified and took steps to resolve the issue.

After the library was closed, treatments began and continued into the night. An early morning cleaning and inspection found no evidence of the bugs, said Genesee District Library Community Relations Manager Kelly Flynn.

The items that contained the bugs will be treated in a special area designed to deal with issues like this and then discarded. It takes about two minutes at 120 degrees to kill bed bugs and eggs.

"That's both scary and nasty, but you know it is what it is," said Deloris Ayanwale, Flint resident.

Another Flint resident said bed bugs are becoming all too common.

"They have them in hotels and on the planes and they can just jump onto anybody and then you can take them home with you. In the grocery store, any place," Lavern Williams said.

If you have bed bugs follow these steps:

  • Vacuum infested areas and empty the bag in a sealed container.
  • Use a hand-held steamer to heat infested areas to more than 100 degrees.
  • Try boric acid or silica gel, which damage the bugs' outer coatings so they dry out and die.
  • Get professional help if you can't control the infestation.

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