A video showing a bed bug infestation on a bus is going viral, and now the transit agency SEPTA is addressing the problem.
Crystal Lopez was the person who shot the video, showing the bugs scampering along the upholstered seatback. Minutes before she had stretched her arm over that seat.
“Right before I was to pull the cord, I feel like this itching, burning feeling on my arm. It was in its entirety from my wrist to my armpit,” Lopez said.
She said the bug bites triggered an allergic skin reaction, which started as raised welts then became a red rash.
The bus was immediately pulled out of service. Officials said they are also in the process replacing upholstered seats with plastic.
One way bed bugs can spread in public spaces is through personal belongings. Experts say a book bag or handbag placed near an infestation could allow them to climb aboard, and you can then take them home.
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