FORT MYERS, Fla. - The downtown Ft. Myers Library re-opened Wednesday, after crews fumigated the building to kill bedbugs and their eggs. Workers also removed and destroyed 40 chairs and couches, infested with the biting insects.
"I think it's fine now, I did not feel creepy inside," said library user Robert Vineyard.
Lee Co. also confirms: It fumigated Lakes Regional Library last Thursday, after staffers discovered a number of bedbugs late Wednesday. That was a holiday, and the building was closed to the public anyway.
Exterminator Ivan Starkey of Ft. Myers Pest Control says the infestations of bugs are going to become more common in this area. "I believe the snowbirds will bring down bugs with them this fall and winter. The outbreaks are really bad in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states and in New Jersey especially. Those people are coming here to get warm, and I am sure they are going to have some bugs as travellers in their luggage or clothes or something," Starkey told WINK.
"I believe we do have a problem here already, and I believe we are just starting to recognize that problem," added Starkey. He just returned from special training in fighting bedbugs. He went to Trenton NJ for that training, that makes him certified in fighting bedbugs.
Lee Co. says its workers will conduct regular inspections of libraries to look for bedbugs.