I was a bit concerned about this, actually. It occurred to me that since books are porous and fibrous – well, paper and cloth – perhaps they could carry bedbugs. How horrible to hear that it could happen. Very, very glad to have the freezer suggestion, but I can’t see getting a bag of books and stuffing them in with the frozen chicken every time I buy…
Bedbugs found in UW library books
This is the headline I came across doing some other Internet research. Apparently the bedbug brouhaha is far from over. I had heard the warning about the pesky critters when staying in hotels and even when ordering clothes, yet, never thought they would be interested in books. The Seattle Times article discusses how bedbugs hitch rides in books and live in the spine and come creeping out at night to feed. This is especially bad news for those of us that fall asleep with a book in hand in bed.
Here is one suggestion: give the little buggers the cold shoulder by popping the book in a Ziploc bag and popping it into the freezer. The cold makes them chill out for good. That comes from Stephanie Lamson, head of preservation services at the University of Washington Libraries.
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