Pest Management Policy

Pest Management Policy

Background: Pests such as bedbugs have made a resurgence since the early 2000s after “disappearing” in the 1950s. While their increase is most noticed in hotels, apartments, and dorms--places where people sleep--they can make an appearance in library materials, too. It is important to note that an introduction of a pest in library materials does not equal an infestation. 

Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) has established proactive measures to prevent an infestation of pests, and created a series of protocols for identifying, quarantining, inspecting, and treating if pests are introduced.
TCPL will:

  • Continuously  monitor library materials to provide a prompt and appropriate response; 
  • Take proactive measures to reduce the risk to staff and customers;   
  • Contract with qualified pest control companies or the Tompkins County Facilities Department to work in TCPL facilities;
  • Review its procedures and protocols regularly to guarantee they remain current and consistent with best practices; and
  • Keep informed of best practices for pest prevention and response.

Approved by the Board of Trustees March 26, 2019

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