Shocking moment in which a woman finds "thousands of bed bugs" living in the seat of a bus in Philadelphia
- Crystal Lopez was on a bus in Philadelphia when she noticed bed bugs
- Bus 56 was evacuated and Ms. Lopez had a very bad reaction & # 39; of a bite
- The video went viral from the blood suckers that crawled all over the fabric seats
- The SEPTA bus company is working to replace the fabric seats with the plastic ones & # 39;
Victoria Bell for Mailonline
Shocking images of mobile phones show "thousands of bed bugs" living in the crevice of a bus seat in Philadelphia.
Crystal Lopez was on bus 56 when she began to feel an itching sensation all over her left arm.
As he looked closely at the small space between the seat and the wall, he noticed the tiny blood-sucking insects crawling around.
& # 39; Thousands of bed bugs & # 39; (in the picture) were discovered living in the crack of a bus seat in Philadelphia
The video, which has now gone viral, shows bed bugs crawling on cloth seats
Lopez immediately notified the driver that he quickly stopped the bus and evacuated the passengers.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the genus Cimex that feed exclusively on blood. They are not dangerous and do not spread diseases, due to bed bug bites, such as rashes and allergic symptoms, several adverse health effects can occur.
Their color varies between dark yellow, red or brown and they live in cracks and crevices in and around the beds.
Despite their name, they will infest any area that allows them to feed.
Usually, they crawl at night and bite the exposed skin to feed on blood.
Lopez said: "I was on bus 26 and was heading to Bridge St to board bus 56 when I started to feel a burning and itching sensation all over my left arm.
Crystal Lopez was on bus 56 when she began to feel an itching sensation all over her left arm
"The next thing I know is that I look and there are more than a thousand bedbugs and I get up and notify the driver quickly and she stopped the bus, leaving them all outside.
"While we were waiting for the supervisor, I also had a very bad allergic reaction."
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority already has more than 500 buses operating with plastic interior seats to avoid problems like this, as well as reducing cleaning times and costs, according to a report by Billy Pen.
This leaves more than 900 buses in Philadelphia with fabric seats.
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says they are spending more each year replacing their old subway buses and wagons and replacing cloth seats with plastic ones.
What are the signs of bed bugs in your room?
Signs of a bug infestation could include:
- Small insects or small white eggs in the cracks and joints of your mattress and furniture.
- Bites on your skin
- Tiny black spots on the mattress: it could be your dry-spotted bed bug.
- Blood stains on your sheets: this can happen if you crush an insect after it has fed an unpleasant odor and mold in your room.
- They tend to prefer cloth or wood over plastic and metal, and often hide near where they sleep.
- Source: NHS