The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that bed bugs have been found in three separate N subway trains, which have since been “fumigated” (I am assuming this means — as in the common parlance — “treated with pesticides,” rather than fumigation per se).
According to the New York Daily News,
Two trains were taken out of service Sunday after the unwanted riders were found onboard some cars, officials said. And on Tuesday, a third N train was also sent to the Coney Island yard in Brooklyn for fumigation. Some of the bugs were found in seat cushions in train cabs, which are used by conductors and motormen, sources said.
The presence of bed bugs in employee-only areas of the subway trains suggests they were brought in by an employee or employees. Hopefully no one has taken bed bugs home from work.
It’s not clear whether bed bugs were also found in these instances in public areas of the subway cars.
It’s also not clear whether additional trains on additional lines are being searched at this point, or whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will wait for someone to notice bed bugs and complain before inspecting a particular train.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of bed bugs in the NYC subway.
Let’s hope the MTA has become more pro-active about looking for them. If they haven’t, now’s a good time.
Image credit: “10:23 Enter here for the N, R and W trains” by Gary Denham on flickr.com used under a Creative Commons Attribution/No-Derivatives License.