January 2, 2013
Ahh, the holidays and family gatherings – and, speaking of parasitic blood-suckers…
You’d think staying out of low-end motels would be enough, but an innovative medieval pestilence has found a new way to plague us. Bedbugs now invade homes via the spines of library books. A December 5 New York Times column described various ways libraries are dealing with the pests: Some use bug-sniffing dogs to locate the enemy amid the shelves. Some kill bugs with modern weapons like ThermalStrike, a heater that bakes books 6 hours at 150 degrees. University of Washington Libraries in Seattle execute the enemy with the opposite approach, sealing infested books in Ziploc bags and stashing them seven days in the freezer at -18 degrees. Hmmm, maybe it’s time to try a Kindle. Itching to see the socionomic connection? Scratch here for more.
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