Bedbugs common in Montreal’s public buildings, exterminator says

A bedbug infestation at Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque points to a larger, city-wide problem, an exterminator says after the library had to close four sections and temporarily replace 300 fabric chairs with plastic ones. 

Danielle Chagnon, the general director of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationale du Québec (BAnQ), said the problem began at the end of June. The library brought in an exterminator on June 22, at which point Chagnon said they realized the infestation was worse than thought.

In the weeks since, Chagnon said they have completed two treatments to get rid of the insects and have removed all of the fabric chairs as a preventive measure.

“We really need to ask ourselves for the long term, is it really optimal to have furniture made of fabric in the Grande Bibliothèque?”

When the library selected furniture 13 years ago, bedbug infestations weren’t as prevalent, Chagnon…

Original published: 2018-07-11 21:31:23 Read the full Montreal News here

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