Most of us have heard of bed bugs in beds and couches. But it might come as quite a surprise to learn that there are bed bugs in books. That’s right; bed bugs can sneak into your home through books!
Unfortunately, since it’s less common, unsuspecting people don’t think to check their books for these pests, and rarely realize it’s how their bed bug infestation originated. Though fairly rare, cases of bed bug infestation have been reported in libraries in Canada.
How Do I Check For Bed Bugs in Books?
Bed bugs are quite small, so it can be tough to spot them when they’re hiding. Their flat body makes it possible for them to slip into the spine of books, where they can go unnoticed. Hard cover books are the most common hosts for bed bugs, but it is always safer to check paperbacks too.
Library books may be a starting point for a bed bug infestation in your home, so as a precaution inspect books before you bring them home. Here are some signs of bed bugs that may indicate their presence:
- Dark spots or blood stains on book pages
- Tiny pellets of bed bug feces
- Small 1mm white bed bug eggs
- Dead bed bugs
When bed bugs are brought home with you in library books, they can migrate to beds, couches, carpets, and other areas, resulting in a full-scale bed bug infestation. Prevention is always preferable to a bed bug treatment, so, thoroughly check any library books for any signs of bed bugs before you take them home.
If you believe you’ve already brought bed bugs home in a library book, contact the library to let them know immediately. Next, find a pest control company to treat the bed bugs in your home. The sooner you take action to kill bed bugs and prevent the problem from worsening, the better. There are several effective bed bugs treatments available to kill bed bugs in your home.