Last updated: August 17. 2013 11:44PM - 2471 Views
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West Pittston Library closed and was sprayed for fleas on Wednesday after a bug was spotted, a library official said.

“We closed for a day to have a treatment done on the carpets,” said Anne Bramlett Barr, the library director. “A patron thought they saw a bug, so we called an exterminator just in case.”

Area libraries have seen a significant increase in traffic since the Pittston Library was closed on Aug. 2 for three weeks because of a flea infestation, Barr said.

The patron saw a bug in a similar place to where Pittston had its problem, near the public computers, she said.

“We’ve been cleaning and vacuuming and haven’t seen anything else,” Barr said.

The Pittston Memorial Library closed earlier this month when people noticed fleas around the public computer terminals. Seitz Brothers Exterminators of Pittston has treated the problem, said Pittston Memorial Library Board President Barbara Quinn.

County and state Department of Heath officials urged that library to close until the problem is eradicated.

Library officials were told the bugs have a 21-day incubation period; so to be safe, officials closed the library for the entire 21 days. One reason for the closure is the danger of fleas spreading in books through the county’s inter-library loan program. Fleas could possibly be transferred to other libraries.

The Pittston Memorial Library will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.

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