Bedbugs found in Vancouver library book

Parasites previously found in New Westminster and Burnaby library books

CBC News

Posted: Oct 27, 2011 10:41 AM ET

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011 12:59 PM ET

Bedbugs have been detected in library books from the Vancouver, New Westminster and Burnaby library systems.

A bedbug alert has been raised at another Lower Mainland library after a patron of the Mount Pleasant branch discovered the first live bedbugs in the Vancouver library system.

Earlier this month, New Westminster and Burnaby closed three library branches after finding bedbugs in some of their books.

Then on Saturday, Vancouver resident Brian King was reading in his living room when one of the blood-sucking parasites crawled out of the book and onto his hand.

“Out of the spine walks this little red creepy-crawly thing and I said to my wife, ‘Hello what’s this?'” King told CBC News on Wednesday.

Bedbugs infestations have become common around the Metro Vancouver area in recent years.Bedbugs infestations have become common around the Metro Vancouver area in recent years. CBCKing said a Google search informed him it was a bedbug, and a quick search of the book turned up several more.

“So I squished two or three of them. I caught a couple of them live and put them in a pill bottle securely, and there were also in the spine maybe two or three already dead.”

The discovery sparked a search of his home for more.

“We panicked a bit, so we dumped all the clothes and the chair I was sitting on. We searched and we vacuumed, took my beds to pieces, and laundered the whole thing.”

No library closures planned

Vancouver Public Library spokesperson Jean Kavanagh says it’s the first report of a live bedbug in the Vancouver system. Staff are in contact with Vancouver Coastal Health and continue to monitor the situation.

But because of the size of the Vancouver Library system, they haven’t decided yet whether to mount a full-scale inspection for bedbugs, and they have no plans to close any library branches, said Kavanagh.

“We have over 10 million items, so I think we have to look at the situation seriously, but also practically.”

Meanwhile, King said it appears his home is bedbug free.

“No sign of any bug infestations at all. There hadn’t been and there still isn’t,” he said.

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IICRC has changed thier name to Clean Trust. What are your thoughts?

IICRC release 10.14

IICRC Launches New Brand

Organization changes its name to The Clean Trust (VANCOUVER, Wash.) October 14, 2011 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announced today the change of its name to The Clean Trust at the fall 2011 Meeting & Instructors Symposium. Along with the new name, a new, updated, branding campaign will be rolled out in the coming year.

“The Clean Trust lets people know exactly what we do, in a business-like, technical, professional way. We train. We set the standards. We certify. We vouch for a technician’s ability and professionalism and thereby ease our customer’s worries and concerns,” said Paul Pearce, The Clean Trust Chairman “Although the acronym of the IICRC also had a meaning; it wasn’t as direct and easy to understand.”

The Clean Trust’s focus on cleaning, restoration and inspection, its three core areas of expertise, will remain the same as the IICRC. Additionally, the certification and standards on which the IICRC has built its reputation will remain at the core of the organization. The Clean Trust will continue as an ANSI Standard Development Organization (SDO) and pursue the development of standards for the industry as a whole, aiming to provide the most up to date education for its registrants.

“The leadership discussed at length the benefits of a name change and ultimately decided that it was in the best interest of our registrants to move forward with a new name,” continued Pearce. “The name, The Clean Trust, reflects our mission to identify and promote an international standard of care that establishes and maintains the health, safety and welfare of the built environment.”

The Clean Trust signifies the expansion and growth of the IICRC. For almost 40 years, the IICRC has built a strong reputation within the cleaning, restoration and inspection industry, but there has been an unclaimed opportunity to gain momentum with other audiences, particularly the general public. The change to The Clean Trust name provides additional marketing opportunities for the organization to continue to propel its growth.

Materials with the new name and an updated design will gradually rollout through the next year. Available now for registrants and Certified Firms are new ID cards, a general overview brochure, patches, and decals. An introductory video will also be shown during training courses. In the coming months, the organization will provide updated standards covers, trade show booth, newsletter and website.

For more information, please contact The Clean Trust headquarters at (360) 693-5675, or visit the current website ( to review the list of frequently asked questions regarding the new brand.

About The Clean Trust

The Clean Trust, formally known as The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), is an ANSI-accredited standards setting body for the flooring inspection, floor covering and specialized fabric cleaning and disaster restoration industries. Organized in 1972, The Clean Trust currently represents more than 5,700 Certified Firms and 54,000 Certified Technicians in 22 countries. The Clean Trust, with participation from the entire industry, sets standards for inspection, cleaning and disaster restoration. The Clean Trust does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. It approves schools and instructors that meet the criteria established by The Clean Trust. The Clean Trust also serves as a consumer referral source for Certified Firms and Inspectors.

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