bed bugs on trains

Bed Bugs on the Subway: should the MTA notify the public of sightings?

August 28, 2014

When bed bugs are found on Metropolitan Transportation Authority trains or buses, consumers should be notified, say New York City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) and State Assemblyman Bill Colton (D), according to the Daily News.

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Bed bugs in the subway update: Fox News talks to Louis Sorkin

August 6, 2014

Move over alligators in the sewers, we’re still talking about bed bugs in the subway! Here’s a follow-up to last night’s post about bed bugs being found in three NYC N train subway cars this week:

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50 Detroit bus drivers have reported seeing bed bugs; city officials claim problem is not widespread

July 10, 2012

According to the Detroit News, fifty Detroit Department of Transportation drivers have reported seeing bed bugs on buses in the last year, with some also reporting bed bug bites: After receiving a letter from [Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26] in May, DDOT chief executive Ron Freeland said Thursday he asked a […]

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Bed bug bites drive Indian train passengers to deboard and demand a new carriage

February 16, 2011

View Larger Map After complaining about bed bug bites for just under a hundred kilometers, twenty-two passengers in a bed bug-infested railway compartment in India got off their train yesterday, and demanded railway officials provide them with a new train carriage. The Times of India reports that Tormented by bedbugs, passengers in one of the […]

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Bed bugs infest break room of Mumbai’s train drivers

July 25, 2010

The Mumbai Mirror (India) reports that Western Railway train conductors can’t rest in the twenty minutes they manage to steal between shifts, because bed bugs have infested the sofas in the lobby they use for their breaks: Devendra Yadav, who represents the Western Railway motormen, confirmed his colleagues’ trouble with vermin. ‘The couches in our […]

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“200 bed bugs in every train compartment”? Rentokil’s PR FAIL

March 16, 2010

On March 3rd, the Daily Mail reported based on research by Rentokil that . . . on average, a single train compartment houses a staggering 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs, 200 fleas, 500 dust mites and 100 carpet beetles. And remember that we suggested back then that this was a bit sensational? (Along with the […]

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200 bed bugs in every UK train compartment!?!

March 3, 2010

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Research by pest controllers Rentokil shows that, on average, a single train compartment houses a staggering 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs, 200 fleas, 500 dust mites and 100 carpet beetles. Well, blimey!  Someone should do something about that! It’s not that bed bugs and other pests can’t infest train […]

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Reuters: Nigerian buses and bed bugs?

January 8, 2009

This Reuters piece was about how passengers on Nigerian motorcycle taxis were putting calabashes and portions of tires on their heads to avoid using the taxi’s passenger helmets, under a new law that requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Newspapers quoted passengers as saying they feared the helmets could be laced with magic spells so […]

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Times article on spread of bed bugs via trains, planes, and automobiles

August 25, 2008

A Times (UK) article today on the spread of bed bugs emphasized the role of travel, specifically, the spread of bed bugs in public transportation: Savvas Othon, technical director at Rentokil, said: “The short turnaround times for planes and other forms of transport means they are sometimes not inspected as thoroughly as they used to […]

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Bed Bug History, DDT, and implications for the future

August 25, 2008

PCTOnline has a new article out in which Dr. Michael Potter explores bed bug history, and relates past bed bug stories to today’s situation. The article is enlightening in that it describes how our ancestors, recent and long-past, dealt with bed bugs. Before they came under control (with the widespread use of DDT) in the […]

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Bed bugs infest Thai trains, Bangkok Post reports

March 14, 2008

The Bangkok Post reports today that Thai trains on the Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok lines in the northeastern part of the country are being “cleaned” and “refurbished” after travelers complained of bed bugs. Train carriages on northeastern lines are being refurbished at a cost of 17.5 million baht after they were found infested with bed bugs. State […]

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How to avoid bringing bed bugs home when you travel, kill bed bugs in luggage

August 5, 2007

If you think you have been exposed to bed bugs, don’t panic. What you do after discovering you and your luggage may have been exposed can make a big difference as to whether you take the bugs home. It’s worth proceeding carefully and cautiously since avoiding an infestation can save you thousands of dollars and […]

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