Mattress bug infestation briefly closes Pasco Library in Hudson


PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – On Friday, the Pasco County Library System announced the temporary closure of one of its branches for an unusual reason: a bed bug infestation.

The Hudson office on Fivay Road will remain closed until further notice.

According to a report from the district, the library staff noticed the errors about two weeks ago. The county hired a pest control company to do the “spot treatment,” but the method didn’t seem to work.

Now the plan is to camp the entire building to kill the pests.

Barbara Cichocki and her son Wayne used to go to the neighborhood library but haven’t been here recently. Thank God they say the thought of bed bugs in the library makes Barbara shiver.

“That they get dressed and that you bring them home to your family,” said Cichocki. “You have pets and your own furniture.”

The county says the bugs are not dangerous, but can cause itching or an allergic reaction in some cases.

According to the press release, if you’ve been to the library in the past two weeks, check for the presence of bugs in your home, wash your clothes and linens in hot water, and then dry them on the hottest dryer.

The county expects the library to remain closed for the next one to two weeks.