Questions about bedbugs?
Bedbugs are a growing concern in the Lower Mainland, affecting public spaces, hotels and private homes.
Click “read more” below to view our bedbugs FAQ page.
Are there bedbugs at North Vancouver District Public Library’s branches?
Currently there are no known occurrences of bedbugs at any NVDPL branches.
What precautions and actions is the library taking with regards to bedbugs?
North Vancouver District Public Library is proactively following regularly scheduled pest inspections. These inspections involve a detection dog visiting each site, sniffing for bedbugs throughout the facility. If bedbugs are found, affected books are removed from the collection and are heat treated or discarded at the Library’s discretion. Surrounding shelves are also treated, as well as furnishings.
Are returned books and books from other libraries inspected for bed bugs?
NVDPL’s procedure is to inspect by hand all library materials that are returned from the public and all materials from other libraries. If any bugs were to be found on any books or other materials coming into the library, the library would respond immediately by removing the affected items from circulation, taking appropriate steps to ensure the issue is properly dealt with.
What should I do if I find a bedbug in a library book?
You should seal the book or other library material in a plastic bag immediately. If you don't have a resealable plastic bag at home, secure the bag as tightly as possible with a twist tie. Please return the item to us in the sealed or well-secured bag. Please give the item to a library staff member, alerting the staff member to the problem. Do not return the material in the book drop.
Where can I learn more about bedbugs?
Visit the following websites for more information about bedbugs:
- Bed Bug info on Health Canada
- Vancouver Coastal Health has a guide to bug control (downloadable PDF file)
- HealthLinkBC's file on bed bugs, available in English, French, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese
- bedbugsinfo.ca, created by the Government of Ontario
- Tips and recommendations for travelers from the Public Health Agency of Canada
- Bed Bugs 101 fron BedBug Central