RACINE — The Racine Public Library and its bookmobile will be closed Friday after bedbugs reportedly were found.
According to a release from the library, in the past month, two live bedbugs were identified by the Racine Health Department at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St. One bedbug was found in the circulation area and another was located on a returned DVD.
Any materials due on Friday will now be due on Saturday, and bookmobile items will be due on Sept. 22.
To protect staff and public, the library said that it has contracted with Canine Detection & Inspection Services LLC to conduct an inspection of the entire building.
If evidence of bedbugs is found, the library has contracted with Anderson Pest Solutions to aggressively treat the area, both immediately and in follow-up visits.
According to the library, the building must be closed for several hours for these operations.
Bedbugs can be found in hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and movie theaters.
According to the press release, bedbugs are not related to being homeless but are a traveling population problem, meaning those who travel more are more likely to bring bedbugs with them. Bedbugs do not carry or transmit diseases.
The library screens for evidence of bedbugs every month.