I was in bed last night reading a book I had checked out from the local public library. As I was reading, I noticed a tiny light yellow bug crawling on the page I was on. I smushed it on the page and kept reading, but I’m a little concerned about what I could be bringing into my bed.
It was tiny (maybe the size of a pin’s head), almost colorless, and didn’t leave much of a mess when squashed. What was this? A dust mite? A small spider?
I didn’t see any wings because it was so small and colorless, but a lot of those pics look pretty close. Ewww. I’m definitely going to Ziploc this and return it to the library.
That’s a fair point. It could have fallen or jumped on the page after I opened it. It was so small that I doubt I’d be able to see it by itself. However, I don’t want to risk bringing booklice into my bed (or my house for that matter!).
I’m going to a big used book sale tomorrow, too. Maybe this year I’ll quarantine my new purchases. I’ve been really lucky so far and I don’t want to push it.
I go through a lot of library books and have the occasional critter wander out from the pages. No bedbugs so far (knock on wood) but I’ve wondered about putting my library books through freezer quarantine before reading. This site says it would take a minimum of 5 days at 23 degrees F or lower, and recommends 2 weeks for the average household freezer.