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Bedbugs on the Bus? SEPTA takes steps vs. pesky pest.

by Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer

The photo is immediately unsettling. It purports to show bedbugs creeping out of a seam on a bus seat in Philadelphia.

It surfaced on social media about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to SEPTA. It quickly went viral. Comments on Facebook included “now I’m scared to catch the bus” and “even more reason to validate my choice to never use public buses.”

The photo, taken Friday, prompted SEPTA to pull three buses from service on Route 6, which runs from the Olney Transportation Center to Ogontz and Cheltenham Avenues, said spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The buses received a cleaning that included vacuuming and freezing.

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Bedbugs found in UW library books

Bedbugs hitching rides in books? Yep, and it’s happening here.

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Bugs in Your Bed – Seattle’s Imminent Bedbug Crisis

-Brendan Kiley – from 1/14/2014

Of all the disturbing things about bedbugs, their mating habits may be the worst. Cimex lectularius have evolved a breeding technique called “traumatic insemination,” and it’s even more horrible than it sounds.

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