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A representative at the library says it has the equipment to get rid of insects.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 7:33 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 10:38 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - There's been a growing bed bug problem in the Terre Haute area.

Now, we're hearing from the Vigo County Public Library.

Staff members work to protect families that visit.

A representative at the library says it has the equipment to get rid of insects.

We're also told pest specialists regularly treat the facility.

Here is the full statement from the library:

The Vigo County Public Library strives to generate positive change in the community by creating an environment of opportunity in which people can explore, expand their perspectives and transform their own lives and the lives of future generations.

Fostering an environment that encourages individuals to explore and expand must not only offer boundless resources and services but also offer those amenities in a clean and safe environment. The Library takes this responsibility very seriously and has procedures in place to protect Library customers.

As recently reported, bed bugs are on the rise in Vigo County and the Vigo County Public Library has several procedures in place to prevent issues and protect our customers, materials, and buildings. The Library offers onsite equipment to eradicate insects, if present, from materials. Pest control specialists regularly treat the facilities, as well as ongoing treatment by Library staff, including UV inspection and all-natural insecticides.

“Creating a welcoming and safe environment for our Library customers and the staff is a top priority,” said Library Executive Director Kristi Howe. “We understand the issues our community members are facing, and we recognize that bed bugs do not discriminate between clean and dirty homes. While prevention is preferable, the Library is well-equipped and well-trained to respond as needed should insects find their way into our facilities.”

Customers who visit the Library are encouraged to report any situation that causes them concern directly to Library staff. For more information, call 812.232.1113.

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