I was a little freaked out when I found out that the San Francisco BART system seats tested positive for large amounts of human excrement–of both kinds. So I was glad when they replaced the fabric seats with the sleeker kind you can hose down.
I always figured the New York subway system was safe because it doesn’t have fabric and can be hosed down. In fact, I’ve seen subway trains hosed down.
It turns out there are cushions in the area where the conductors and other staff can sit in each car. And that’s where they were living.
Bedbugs were discovered on at least three subway trains on the N line this week, authorities said.
Two trains were taken out of service Sunday after the unwanted riders were found onboard some cars, officials said. And on Tuesday, a third N train was also sent to the Coney Island yard in Brooklyn for fumigation. Some of the bugs were found in seat cushions in train cabs, which are used by conductors and motormen, sources said.
Bedbugs won’t come out when an area is highly trafficked. But be careful if you are in a very slow car. Someone getting up or sitting down on the cushioned seat could disturb bed bugs who would run for a more stable place to hide–like a suitcase.
The chances even then are still relatively low. So I think we’ll all be fine. Do check for bedbugs in your New York hotel though!