Found a bedbug in a library book - what now?
September 3, 2012 6:22 PM Subscribe
I was reading a library book when a bug crawled out. It was paper thin, and was moving incredibly slowly. My partner captured it and killed it, and then put it between two pieces of tape. We've looked online and, yep, probably a bedbug. What do we do now? Watchful vigilance? Fumigate our entire apartment (which may not be affordable at this time)? Somewhere in between? Details inside, if you want more...
posted by rednikki to home & garden (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
More details: got the library book out on Saturday. The bedbug crawled out on Monday, about an hour after I started reading it. Hardback book (Charlaine Harris' "Dead Reckoning," not that it matters.) I'd been keeping it on the table beside the bed (yikes), but I was reading it in the living room when I saw the bug. It crawled out during daylight hours, which I understand is abnormal for the critters. I've put the book in a Ziploc bag and slipped a note in with it explaining the situation.
We also had about ten people over Saturday night, so in theory it could have come from one of them and crawled into the book from the coffee table, but that seems unlikely.
Neither of us have had any signs of bedbug bites.
I have tried reading Bedbugger's forums, but the message I've taken away is "Don't ride public transit, don't go to libraries, don't go to restaurants, don't go to movies, don't go to other people's houses. Strip naked the moment you enter your house from outside and wash everything you own in hot water, and anything that can't be washed, super-heat in a Pactite for 8 hours." Is that excessive or should we be at that level of decontamination at this point?