West London library forced to close as bed bugs found

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A library in west London has temporarily closed after its staff found bed bugs.

Sky News reported that Ealing Central Library shut on Monday afternoon when the pests were spotted in furnishings.

It was expected to reopen later this week after the infestation was treated by pest controllers.

A council spokesperson said: “The technical advice was that it was safe for both the public and staff to re-open the library – both in terms of controlling and preventing the spread of the infestation and in relation to the chemicals used to treat furniture.

“However, the council recognised that library users and staff had concerns and decided that temporarily closing the library was the right course of action.”

The spokesperson added that the library would reopen after a “full course of treatment had been applied”.

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