06/14/2016 09:16 EDT | Updated 06/14/2016 12:59 EDT

Essex County Library Bedbug Infestation Shuts Down 14 Branches

LEAMINGTON, Ont. — A southwestern Ontario library has closed its 14 branches after finding bedbugs in at least one location.

The Essex County library, which serves municipalities near Windsor, Ont., said the blood-sucking insects were found in its Leamington branch on Friday.

It says the remaining branches have been closed so that they can be inspected and will reopen once they have been cleared.

In a post on its website, the library asks patrons not to return borrowed items during the closure and notes no overdue charges will be incurred.

It says that anyone worried that bedbugs may be in library materials should just put the items in a sealable plastic bag.

Bedbugs are small brownish insects that live off blood. They aren't a health hazard.

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