Public Transportation System Faces Bed Bugs

Public transportation officials frequently have to deal with the problem of bed bugs. Officials with the SEPTA system in Philadelphia recently learned that the hard way when a video of bed bugs crawling across bus seats went viral. The video was taken by a local woman who had placed her arm down on the seat only to discover that she was allergic to the bed bug bites, a frequent reaction that causes a rash to emerge around the bites.

Fabric bus seats are just one place bed bugs hide on public transportation

Officials said that they had a program in place to deal with bed bugs with chemical treatments once a quarter – or once a month according to a spokesperson. Unfortunately, once a quarter is not frequent enough when any issue of bed bugs must be dealt with as soon as possible to limit their spread. The agency also stated that they are in the process of getting rid of all fabric bus seats as a future method to combat infestations.

In this instance the bus in question pulled over and let all passengers out before being taken out of service for treatment with pesticides. While this kind of prompt treatment is important equally as necessary is a public acknowledgement of the problem. Although the bus driver reacted quickly the passengers attempts to follow up with the organization were ignored, which led to the viral video being posted online in the first place.

3 replies
  1. Rohit Makkar
    Rohit Makkar says:

    Thanks for sharing information regarding bed bugs. I really found this very helpful. And your blog also helps me to get to know more about bed bugs. Generally, Bed bug bite more than once, in a zig-zag pattern. You must have to solve this problem.


    How do you tell if you have bed bugs: If you react to bed bug bites, that’s a good way to tell. Generally they bite more than once, in a zig-zag pattern. Not everyone reacts to the bites, so a thorough inspection of the bed and mattress will also be needed. Check in the seams, on the edges of the mattress, looking for adult bed bugs (reddish-brown and the size of an appleseed) and black spots (bug droppings).
    I’m an entomologist, and have been working in green pest control for over 15 years. In our quest to design something that could stop bed bugs completely, and better than pesticides, my team designed the GoodKnight self-sterilizing bed.


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