Well, it seems we were (mostly) right. According to the Daily News, the bugs were mainly found in the cabs of the trains where conductors sit, which, unlike the rest of the train, have actual seat cushions. "From my understanding, the public was never really at risk here," Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management, tells us. "This was clearly a case of a staffer accidentally bringing bed bugs from home into the work place, and even so, it could never really get to a level in the crew area where bed bugs would start heading out toward the passenger cars."
While a lone bed bug brought onto a car could end up transferred onto a passenger--and hitch a ride home--the subway isn't an environment where the pests flourish, with its cool, hard surfaces and harsh fluorescent lighting. A little cold comfort to add to the mix: "You actually see them way more often in cabs," says Bloom. Ah, good.
In both scenarios, the usual rules for reducing risk apply: don't but your bag on the floor or the seat next to you, and in general, minimize your "footprint" in the space.
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