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Bedbug sniffing dogs give library the green light

The Grande Prairie Public Library has been certified bedbug free by a pair of four-legged detectives. Certified Detection Dogs Baron and Guinness have training similar to dogs that find explosives or narcotics. Library Director Maureen Curry says they were brought in to sniff out any potential bedbug hiding places after a client reported seeing one in their book at home.

“We haven’t had any sightings here at all, but we wanted to make sure that we were able to reassure our library customers that there was no issue and indeed they came and went through the library and nothing was found.”

Curry says bedbugs are a concern in any public facility and they plan to bring their furry friends back for yearly inspections. While no bugs were found, a couple of hotspots were identified by the canines.”

“That wasn’t surprising being that the dogs are able to detect pretty carefully. We just immediately treated those areas and removed any potential books and will be treating those as well just as a proactive measure.”

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While their name suggests their limited to your sleeping quarters, bedbugs can be found almost anywhere and are a concern for public building as they can travel on bags or clothing. They aren’t a fan of books as there’s no food for them. If you think you spot a bug in something you’ve borrowed, bring it back in a resealable back so it can be treated.

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