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Bed bugs prompt Mitchell Park Library closure

Bed bugs found on two chairs, pest company to treat immediately

Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Library is closing at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 to allow a pest control company to inspect and treat a small area within the library where bed bugs have been found.

City staff was notified Wednesday that bed bugs were in two chairs on the first floor, which was then cordoned off from the public, according to a city press release.

The library will remain closed for the next several days as pest control inspectors treat the furniture and surrounding surfaces. They will return in seven to 10 days to ensure the treatment has been effective.

Officials said they aim to reopen the library on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m.

Bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries as they can be transported through the sharing of books, according to the city. Mitchell Park Library shares books within a large region and through the Link+ system.

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The city will also be sending dogs who have the ability to identify bed bugs through their scent to inspect the other four city libraries.

The closure of Mitchell Park Library should not impact the Community Center or Ada's Cafe, the press release notes.

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Bed bugs prompt Mitchell Park Library closure

Bed bugs found on two chairs, pest company to treat immediately

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 5:50 pm

Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Library is closing at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 to allow a pest control company to inspect and treat a small area within the library where bed bugs have been found.

City staff was notified Wednesday that bed bugs were in two chairs on the first floor, which was then cordoned off from the public, according to a city press release.

The library will remain closed for the next several days as pest control inspectors treat the furniture and surrounding surfaces. They will return in seven to 10 days to ensure the treatment has been effective.

Officials said they aim to reopen the library on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m.

Bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries as they can be transported through the sharing of books, according to the city. Mitchell Park Library shares books within a large region and through the Link+ system.

The city will also be sending dogs who have the ability to identify bed bugs through their scent to inspect the other four city libraries.

The closure of Mitchell Park Library should not impact the Community Center or Ada's Cafe, the press release notes.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm
36 people like this

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Domad
Barron Park
on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm
Domad, Barron Park
on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm
24 people like this

Be chill like the pope. Some people aren't as lucky as you are.


Phil
Fairmeadow
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm
Phil, Fairmeadow
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm
1 person likes this

When they say the community center will not be affected, does that include the after school drop in teen center?


Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm
13 people like this

@Domad - Ya, the kids who get bed bugs by going to an infested library aren't so lucky.


Curmudgeon
Registered user
Downtown North
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm
32 people like this

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Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Sep 23, 2015 at 11:45 pm
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2015 at 11:45 pm
43 people like this

@Curmudgeon - Right, like the homeless guy with his shoes off, feet up on the table, and eating out of a pizza box in the library. Where were the professionals taking care of the situation? The professionals in Palo Alto ignore problems until the problems are in their face. That's why we have a stabbing, a guy pulling s gun on california ave, a mom robbed and assaulted in just the last couple of days. Just like the professionals are managing development downtown. That should be the Palo Alto motto - ignore reality and leave it to the professionals.


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:18 am
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:18 am
35 people like this

I love how Slow Down doesn't even cop to the possibility that the bugs were brought in by books or local houses residents. Stanford has had a huge problem in the dorms and it took years for that news to come out.


Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:59 am
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:59 am
24 people like this

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Plane Speaker
Crescent Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 6:26 am
Plane Speaker, Crescent Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 6:26 am
29 people like this

This is revolting.
A very interesting conundrum to solve while trying to be respectful
or people's human rights. but when it comes to something as
oernicious as bedbugs, I believe homeless peoples' access to
public space must take a back seat though, or anyone other person
or group that cannot maintain necessary hygiene. But also, but the
way, it may not be homeless persons at all.


Flash
Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:17 am
Flash, Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:17 am
2 people like this

“Bed begs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries”—I hope you meant “bugs.”


Parent
Palo Alto High School
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:24 am
Parent, Palo Alto High School
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:24 am
6 people like this

If bed bugs are not an uncommon occurrence at libraries, what about all the school libraries?


Nayeli
Registered user
Midtown
on Sep 24, 2015 at 9:18 am
Nayeli, Midtown
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2015 at 9:18 am
16 people like this

When my husband has his face buried in a book or his tablet, he always jokes that it is because he gets bit by the "reading bug." I suppose that this is the real thing!

;-)


BarronParkParent
Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:10 am
BarronParkParent, Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:10 am
37 people like this

We need to clear up the misperceptions about who may have bed bugs and be spreading them. Yes, some homeless people may have bed bugs; however, ANYBODY in your neighborhood may have them too. It may take awhile for them to realize they have them and by that time they've spread them around. See all those tented houses around Palo Alto? Think that's all for termites? Think again. Normal business travelers bring bed bugs home to their families all the time from hotels-- and not exotic places, mind you. You can get them from an American hotel or a foreign 5 star. And Palo Alto has a lot of business travelers. As soon as one library book is left near the bed (or couch, or chair or in a backpack) of a house with bed bugs, the library has them. I'm not surprised at all. We need to conceptualize this like we do head lice at school- anybody can get it, regardless of socio-economic status or how clean their house is. Bed bugs are terrible, and we all need to focus on taking the necessary precautions to avoid getting them in our own homes and stop the spread of these creatures. If this means changing our normal habits, so be it.


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:21 am
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:21 am
9 people like this

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resident 1
Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:32 am
resident 1, Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:32 am
4 people like this

Since this is a bug story line I have to report a bee story. On my patio one bee attacked another bee and proceeded to wrap itself around it, pull off it's legs, tear off it's abdomen, and fly off with the abdomen.
I watched this whole event which took about 1 minute. Never did it occur to me that bees did that. I am stunned by what I saw. There is enough water and plants for everyone in the yard which is very bee friendly.

So for all of those other stories on TS yes it is a brutal world out there even in the environment of plenty and bug world.


Don't forget
Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:36 am
Don't forget, Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:36 am
12 people like this

Don't forget about Lice kids pick up Lice in school and libraries in movie theaters it's not just the homeless some of the finest families in town have lice Try not to be so judgmental and just be grateful you don't have bedbugs


Concerned Retiree
Midtown
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:57 am
Concerned Retiree, Midtown
on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:57 am
38 people like this

I don't believe that our public libraries should be homes for the homeless when our non-taxed churches refuse to shoulder this burden. Church parking lots through out Seattle and Redmond, WA allow the homeless to use their facilities and camp in their parking lots.

That's what charitable institutions are supposed to do, to earn their tax free status. Too much attention is paid by churches and temples and mosques to the non-American needs overseas and not enough to our needs right here at home.


Don Anderson
Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:28 am
Don Anderson, Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:28 am
17 people like this

I want to suggest that city officials apply to Donald Trump for funds to build a double, electrified wall around Palo Alto to keep the bedbugs out.


Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:33 am
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:33 am
2 people like this

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Ellen
College Terrace
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:38 am
Ellen, College Terrace
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:38 am
4 people like this

1. Bedbugs are found in the finest hotels

2. Palo Alto churches have, in fact, been trying to help the homeless by offering their facilities. Some (a few) people in communities like College Terrace, have been opposed to this because, if nothing else, it brings homeless people onto "their" pretty streets.


Bob
Greenmeadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:39 am
Bob, Greenmeadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:39 am
6 people like this

@Concerned R: local churches actually do quite a bit. Ever hear of Hotel de Zink? Ever walk by All Saints' downtown, which remodeled its main building to dedicate space to distributing food to the needy? Ever notice the yellow van parked in the back lot of St. Thomas Aquinas—owned by the homeless person who was given a parking space when the City chased her out of the Cubberley lot?


Objective
Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:43 am
Objective, Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:43 am
7 people like this

Re "homeless not being lucky" above:

It's true, many homeless people become homeless because of life circumstances they cannot control.
But many homeless choose to live that way - they like the freedom, not having any responsibilities, mortgage, bills, taxes ... I know of at least two instances when they were offered jobs or shelter, but they would not hold on to it and they went back on streets. They prefer the hobo lifestyle.
And why not - living for free in Palo Alto is awesome.


resident
Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:45 am
resident, Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:45 am
5 people like this

Much higher chance the bedbugs came from a parent who had been traveling for business and accidently passed them onto the children's possessions than from a homeless person. Or from a student home from college where budbugs are rampant in the dorms.


Objective
Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 am
Objective, Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 am
6 people like this

Re "bee story" above:

Of course i don't know whether historically bees have been so violent, but if not, it's possible that nowadays ingesting the chemicals and pesticides on plants cause them going crazy.


Domad
Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:49 am
Domad, Barron Park
on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:49 am
2 people like this

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dennis
Fairmeadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm
dennis, Fairmeadow
on Sep 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm
1 person likes this

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