Wasp infestation closes Highgate Library as insects swarm in through air vent

Highgate Library was forced to shut it doors due to a wasp infestation yesterday.

The library in Chester Road closed to the public while pest control officers were called in to deal with the problem.

A message posted on Camden Council’s website informed users and advised them to instead visit Kentish Town or Queen’s Crescent libraries or use online services.

A council spokesman said library staff discovered a large number of wasps in the building, including in the children’s annexe.

A nest was spotted on the outside of the building and the insects were found to have made their way in through an air vent.


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The site was considered safe to re-open this morning while pest controllers removed the nest.

The council spokesman said: “It’s always essential that we put our customers’ safety first.

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“We acted as quickly as possible so as to minimise the disruption to customers and hope that the temporary closure did not cause any great inconvenience to anyone.”

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