I read an article from The Daily reporting that the University of Washington libraries are now free of bedbugs. <shudder>
I’m in the frozen north, where it started the day at -15 degrees and probably won’t see zero. The good news for libraries in my climate is that, if you happen to have a bedbug problem, Mother Nature can help you. Turns out the little buggers can be frozen. According to the Mayo Clinic,
Freezing. Bedbugs are also vulnerable to temperatures below 32 F (0 C), but you’d need to leave the items outdoors or in the freezer for several days.
So go ahead. Put your collection outside for a day or two. Tell the patrons you need to give them fresh air.
At least there’s some benefit to sub-zero temperatures!