bed bugs on public transportation

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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British Airways customer tells horrific bug story

February 24, 2011

Note:The following story has been edited to reflect new information which became available after it was written. Be sure and read the “updates” below for a fuller picture. The Financial Times reports today a customer’s claim about encountering bed bugs on a recent British Airways flight (or flights). (Note: The Financial Times requires free registration […]

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Bed bugs hit Sirius XM Radio HQ & Howard Stern’s limo

September 28, 2010

NBC New York reports that the Sirius XM studios and headquarters in New York City have been fighting bed bugs: “We received treatments here and supposedly we’re 100% bedbug-free,” a very doubtful Howard Stern lamented on his Sirius XM Radio Show Monday morning after his Midtown office building was treated by exterminators. Stern said he […]

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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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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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Bed bugs in French SNCF trains

August 3, 2007

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that bed bugs have been found on French SNCF overnight trains from Nice to Metz. New bookings have been suspended for a week while the three affected coaches have been taken out of service and “disinfected”. “In summer the risks of infestation are much greater because of the heat. As a […]

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Update from Vancouver journalist with bed bugs

May 12, 2007

Remember Barry Link, the Vancouver Courier journalist who wrote about his bed bugs? This is a new post from Barry Link [Note: updated link to archived story], which focuses largely on the many ideas people suggest (people besides PCOs) for fighting the bugs. Hmm, Barbra Streisand albums. Now there’s an idea we hadn’t heard before. […]

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Comment from APilot about bed bugs

March 21, 2007

(Editor’s Note: APilot wrote on the “Where do I start?” page, and I am reposting it here so it will get more readers.) APilot writes: This is from a letter I’m writing for my union publication. Any feedback? What do wheals and papules have to do with my career in Aviation? “Nothing,” I thought until […]

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Norwegian Caribbean Lines Dawn: bed bugs

March 17, 2007

Fox covered this on Wednesday night.  Somehow, I can’t find a clip on the Fox website, whereas I often find other news reports.  Perhaps a corporate executive had a quiet word with the Fox folks? On YouTube. (Note: there’s a minute and 17 seconds of fluff at the beginning before the Fox news report kicks […]

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Sydney, Toronto, NYC: a tale of three bed bug cities

March 15, 2007

According to the clustermap, we have a number of readers in Australia. And in neighboring Aotearoa/New Zealand too–in fact, I’m a bit worried about New Zealand–a few more of those red dots on the clustermap, and the island is going to disappear from the map like the much smaller island group of Hawai’i has, under […]

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dealing with post-bedbug paranoia: how to travel after bed bugs

January 5, 2007

I mentioned Windy City Mike recently as a “success story,” since he’s been bed bug free for some time, and even moved successfully without his bugs. His bed bug stories are very informative and well-written. Mike contacted me today with a question he’d like me to pose on the blog. It’s a really good question. […]

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those “wee flat bronze coloured things with a black spot” that come out at night

October 26, 2006

It’s funny. I was aware that long-haul truckers refer to themselves as bedbuggers, presumably because they have beds in their rigs. Now, ironically, lorry (truck) drivers in Northern Ireland are suffering from a bedbug problem, according to this article in the Belfast Telegraph Wednesday. They believe the bedbugs infested their trucks while they were on […]

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