Dorchester County Public Library in Cambridge closes due to bed bugs

The Cambridge branch of the Dorchester County Public Library, Thursday, Oct. 11.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Library announced it would close until Monday, Oct. 15, due to a bed bug infestation, a news release states.

All late fees will be waived for materials that have been borrowed until the library reopens. All current holds at the library will continue to be held for one week following the Cambridge branch’s reopening. All materials, including holds, will be treated during the extermination process.

Bed bugs are a growing nationwide problem and according to the American Library Association, they can be found in nearly any public space, the release states. Bed bugs do not carry or transmit diseases.

The library will be closed for four days, chiefly due to the lack of exterminators available to exterminate the bed bugs. The library chose to remain closed until the building was treated again, the release states.

To protect patrons, library staff does routine checks for bed bugs and treats any signs of the pests immediately. The Cambridge branch of Dorchester County Public Libraries also sprays the facility bi-weekly, along with using repellants in book returns. The branch intends to use bed bug detection dogs more frequently in the future.

To prevent the spread of bed bugs, when in doubt, place small items in a sealable plastic bag to contain any insects, put any exposed clothing in the dryer for an hour to kill all life stages of the bug and remember they have an aversion to hand sanitizer and isopropyl alcohol.

Hurlock Library at 222 S. Main St. in Hurlock will be open during the Cambridge branch’s closure. The branch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

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