(Cimex Lectularius) - Small brownish flat insects,
about one quarter inch long that feed on blood. Bedbugs are active
year and can take as little as a month to mature. They are
primarily nocturnal and usually choose to feed at night while
the host is sleeping. Bedbugs can not fly but are extremely
agile and prone to hiding when light is present, making an
infestation very hard to identify. Bedbugs leave small black
droppings, usually around crevices where they hide.
Bedbugs do not harm books directly, but books can become infested
with bedbugs. If books become infested it is possible to spread
bedbugs throughout the library and to patrons using the materials.
Once infested it is extremely difficult to eliminate bedbugs
as they are prone to hiding in crevices of furniture or inside