UPDATED: Caroline County Public Libraries REOPEN After Bedbugs Treatments at All Locations

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UPDATED 11/1/18:  After proactive treatments at all three Caroline County Public Library locations for bedbugs, sniffer dog “Drax” returned to the libraries to verify that all suspicious areas had been resolved.

Drax gave all three locations ”two paws up” and as of noon today, when the North County Greensboro location opens, all three locations are open to the public and operating normally.
Library Director Debby Bennett said, “With heat treatment and verification of the effectiveness of the treatment, we have taken every precaution to ensure that our collection is safe and that our library locations are free of bedbugs. As this issue continues to arise in hotels, homes, libraries and other public spaces, we will remain vigilant. Library staff members have been trained to recognize signs of bedbugs and will continue to inspect all materials that are returned to the library. We appreciate our customers’ support and patience.”

Library customers may return materials at any locations. All late fees will be waived for the period that the libraries were closed.

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Caroline County Public Library’s three locations, in Denton, Federalsburg and Greensboro, remain closed for the next several days. Maryland and Eastern Shore libraries have recently
experienced bedbug infestations, so Caroline Library director Debby Bennett engaged Delmarva K-9 to visit each location for a proactive inspection on Wednesday, October 24.

Drax, a canine certified in bedbug detection, completed an inspection at each library location
and identified some suspicious areas in each location.

Our next steps are to treat the suspicious areas, which will take a few days, working with an
exterminator and Delmarva K-9 to re-check each area.

Executive Director Debby Bennett said, “It is our job to ensure that our collection is safe and
that our library locations are free of bed bugs. Library staff will remain vigilant and will
continue to inspect all materials that are returned to the library. We appreciate our customers’
patience.”

Please check the library’s website, carolib.org, for updated closing information.