Columbia public library closes a third day because of fleas

1 year 7 months 1 week ago August 14, 2015 Aug 14, 2015 Friday, August 14 2015 Friday, August 14, 2015 9:26:00 AM CDT in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Library representatives said Friday the Columbia Public Library would stay closed for a third day in order to allow an exterminator to eradicate fleas.

The infestation initially closed the library Wednesday afternoon, when workers and patrons found the bugs in the building. Some people inside the library reported being bitten by the fleas.

The library initially planned to reopen Thursday, but a second treatment forced a full-day closure. 

Public Relations Manager Mitzi St. John said the fleas found are the type that usually feeds on cats and dogs, but as of Thursday, there wasn't enough information to determine what brought the bugs in.

"Service dogs are allowed in the building," St. John told KOMU 8 News Thursday. "I'm unaware that any service dogs came in with an individual patron this week."

St. John said Friday's closure would allow exterminators to treat the building once again, with a cleaning crew behind them. She said the exterminator and library staff would evaluate the situation Saturday morning to determine if the library is fit to reopen.

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