Update: Riverhead library closed due to bedbug scare

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | The Riverhead Free Library was closed Tuesday after bedbugs were detected inside

The Riverhead Free Library was closed Tuesday morning after bedbugs were detected by an insect-sniffing dog in the building.

But the dog’s sense might have been wrong, according to library director Lisa Jacobs. She said the dog was brought in as a precaution Tuesday morning and did find traces of the parasitic insect inside. However Suburban Exterminators inspected the building Tuesday and found no sign of bedbugs.

“They couldn’t find anything,” Ms. Jacobs said. “They literally tore apart a chair. They looked in all the places the dog had given a positive.”
The pest control company laid traps Tuesday to see whether or not the building was bedbug-free.

The library will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, but could reopen as soon as Friday. The library will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Ms. Jacobs said patrons could check the library’s website,, for updates as to when the library will be open.


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