The Bedbug Bunk: How the New York Times Used Fear and Misinformation to Spread Public Library Hysteria
But Reluctant Habits has talked with many of Saint Louis’s sources and has learned that the Times article is misleading. Bedbugs are not the major threat that Saint Louis suggests they are. In fact, some of the library directors who Saint Louis spoke with have never had a bedbug epidemic at all. They were merely taking preventive measures in the wake of recent media stories.
“The odds of you picking up a bedbug from a book in a library are so low that it’s not even worth talking about,” said Potter.