Bed bugs are all over Hamilton

Bed bugs are all over Hamilton


Bedbugs are all over Hamilton — but you’re likely never to know where they are hiding, unless one of them hitches a ride home with you and moves in.

Despite receiving more than 1,500 complaints in the last seven years, the city says it has no obligation to reveal to the public where bedbugs are found — even in city-owned facilities.

Bugs on the bus

Transparency at the library

Where are bed bugs in the library?







Page with books near machine

Hamilton Public Library page Lee-Ann Yardley loads books unaffected by bedbugs onto a conveyor belt where they are sorted into bins to be returned to the library’s different branches.










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Hamilton Public Library page Lee-Ann Yardley loads material unaffected by bedbugs onto a conveyor belt where they are sorted into bins to be returned to the library’s different branches.










Sarah Gauthier

Sarah Gauthier, operations manager at the Hamilton Public Library Central branch.










Page looks for Bed Bugs

Hamilton Public Library page Lee-Ann Yardley does a preliminary check on newly returned books and DVDs for bedbugs. Affected books are pilled on a separate trolley where they are bagged and and rolled into a tent where they are subjected to 115 degree temperatures to kill the bugs.










Sarah Gauthier with books and tent

Sarah Gauthier, operations manager at the Central public library, rolls a cart of books into the heat tent to rid the books and DVDs of bedbugs.










Sarah Gauthier in the bed bug tent

Sarah Gauthier, operations manager at the Central library, rolls a cart of books into the heat tent to rid the materials of bedbugs.










Library Book Cart

Books that have been checked for bedbugs are rolled out of the tent at the Hamilton Public Library.






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