South Boston Public Library to close Friday for termite extermination, re-opening Saturday

South Boston Public Library will close Friday due to termite extermination. They will re-open Saturday. (Photo: WSET)

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WSET) -- Crews at the South Boston Public Library discovered termites in the building last week.

Workers at the library said the termites are confined to one area, therefore they are allowing people to still come in and use the library.

Library Assistant Marcus Kirby initially thought that the infestation was ants.

"When I started to do my vacuuming I saw the dirt piles in the floor and I got down on my knees and I looked and I could see the termites coming through the floor and also in the window seals," he said.

According to the director of the library, this is not the first time that they have had this experience.

"Six or seven years ago, they had a similar instance where they had a termite infestation and it was basically the same thing. Got an inspector out, treated it and everything was fine," said Jay Stephens.

Stephens said he is not sure how the termites found their way back in.

"We did have a new roof put on the library recently. Maybe in that process a crack was opened up and some termites got in," he said.

On Monday, an exterminator treated the outside of the building and on Friday they will come back to treat the inside.

"It's confined to one area in one side of the building right now and we're hoping that we've caught it early and that'll be all," Stephens added.

The library will be closed all day Friday so that crews can come in and treat the inside.

They said they are not worried about the termites affecting the books.

They will reopen Saturday.

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