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Bed Bugs Force Closure

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Updated: Fri, 23 May 2014 06:27:08 CST

The public found locked doors Friday afternoon at the North Platte Library. After the discovery of bed bugs in the furniture at the facility.

"Yesterday afternoon we were notified by Cecelia Lawrence over at the library that some bed bugs had been discovered in a couple of pieces of furniture over there, so she immediately contacted the exterminators and had them go over there and make an assessment of the situation," said North Platte City Administrator, Jim Hawks.

Officials are saying that incident is isolated, and appears to be contained to a number of chairs in the library. North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston has ordered the closure of the library until Tuesday, May 27th.

Exterminators have already remove the furniture, and the fumigation process should be begin on Sunday, but the library will have to be closed again in the future for a second fumigation.

"It's my understanding that the life of a bed bug is two weeks, and so they suggested to us that it would be safe to go ahead and open the library back up on Tuesday morning and so that's what we'll do.  In two weeks they will be back and make a second treatment," said Hawks

The discovery of bed bugs in the library surprised some city officials, but these invaders are not new to North Platte.

"While this did surprise me to hear that , I would tell you while visiting with the experts they say that they have ran into this before, not necessarily in the library, but in other large public buildings like that," said Hawks.

People who have checked out materials from the library will be forgiven overage charges during the closure.

"We are exercising caution and we're going to take care and treat the entire building and get on top of this situation,"said Hawks.