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Bed bug residue found in courier bags

On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, a report of bed bugs found in courier bags was shared with the KPLA directors listserv. The situation was reported to KYVL Monday, Nov. 19. This is the first known instance of bed bugs in connection with KYVL courier service.

Here are some additional details of the reported instance:

  • The presence of bed bugs came to light during a routine quarterly bedbug inspection when a trained bed bug-sniffing dog alerted on the area of the courier bags.
  • The bags were sprayed by the pest control service with a spray that can be handled after two hours.
  • The bags were later heat-treated in the library's cooker.
  • No live or dead bugs have been seen, suggesting that residue was found and not indications of an active infestation.
  • The contents of the bag in question also passed visual inspection.

If your library discovers bed bugs or bed bug residue in courier materials, please contact Ivy Robinson at ivyd.robinson@ky.gov or by calling 502.892.3057 or 844.400.KYVL. Please do not destroy KYVL courier bags unless asked to do so by KYVL staff.

KYVL has alerted Stat Courier and recommends that libraries familiarize themselves with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Bed Bug Protocol, linked below with other related resources.

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