Greenfield library treated for bed bugs

Posted at 9:48 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 22:48:36-05

One of Milwaukee County’s public library branches is looking out for bed bugs after a woman claimed one hitched a ride home with her after leaving the Greenfield Public Library.

The director of the Greenfield Library tells me they wanted to be as open and transparent as possible.

It’s quiet and the perfect place for a nap, but you don't usually find beds at the library. And no one expects to find bed bugs.

“We got a report that a patron had been in the library earlier in the day. Had gone home and found what she thought was a bed bug on her jacket,” said Sheila O'Brien.

O’Brian immediately sounded the alarm and contacted the Milwaukee County Federated Library System and Greenfield’s health department. Most importantly, she called a pest control company.

“We inspected thousands of our materials here in the library both the ones that we own and other materials that Milwaukee county owns and we didn’t find one shred of evidence of any bed bug,” O’Brian said.

However, bed bug sniffing dogs did pick up a trail, and so certain areas were treated.

“We are not, you know, going to try to play a cover up. If we have a problem, the public has a right to know that,” added O’Brian.

The library closed for two days before thanksgiving and O’Brian hit the books looking for bed bugs. So far there have been no other complaints.