A passenger on one of San Francisco’s BART trains got more than he bargained for. He found bed bugs crawling up his leg during a recent ride on the city’s rapid transit service. The train was taken out of service for cleaning immediately, according to the Contra Costa Times.
“Our vehicles are not conducive hosts for insect habitation or propagation, but it is possible that insects can be introduced via the person or belongings of any other riders,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told the Times, noting that no other bed bug incidents had been recently reported.
And that’s the thing about bed bugs. They accompany people onto planes, trains, buses, subways, cabs and cars, hidden in clothing or hiding in purses, briefcases or backpacks. If you are unfortunate enough to occupy a seat recently occupied by someone exposed to bed bugs, you could wind up being bitten while en route to your destination. And when you arrive, you could carry a few of these tiny blood-sucking pests with you into your home or office.
Bed bugs are a year-round pest, but populations do swell during the warmer months. As we move into spring, it pays to be aware of the increased risk of bed bug contact and be alert for signs of bed bug activity. Visit our website for complete bed bug information; and remember to call the bed bug extermination experts at Stern if bed bugs get the bite on you!