Bed bugs emerge from SEPTA seat in viral video

"I felt like a fiery, itching pain in my arm."

Hadas Kuznits
September 06, 2018 - 3:51 pm
Crystal Lopez took the video on Wednesday while riding the 26 bus in Northeast Philadelphia after she noticed bugs starting to crawl on her arm.

Bed bugs: Crystal Lopez/Facebook; SEPTA bus: John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It took less than a day for a video to go viral of bed bugs emerging from a fabric chair on a SEPTA bus.

Crystal Lopez took the video on Wednesday while riding the 26 bus in Northeast Philadelphia after she noticed bugs starting to crawl on her arm.

"I was sitting down in the three chairs by the double doors in the middle of the bus and my kids were diagonal from me. I was riding to Bridge and Torresdale and right before my stop I felt like a fiery, itching pain in my arm. I moved my arm and I had all these bites and I seen like a thousand bugs coming out of the top of the chair," she said. "There was so much bugs there it looks like they must have been breeding inside of the chair."

As of Thursday afternoon, the video has more than 6,700 shares.  

SEPTA Director of Media Relations Carla Showell-Lee said the bus has been taken out of service and fumigated. The company is in the process of exchanging cloth seats for plastic seats on all buses.

"We understand that this is a disturbing and unsettling experience. Bed bugs are a public safety issue more than anything and they are definitely a concern for our riders," she added.

Showell-Lee insisted that the buses are cleaned regularly, and while this is not a common occurrence, bed bugs do occur once in a while.

Lopez said she doesn't even want to sit down on public transportation anymore. She warned others to be aware.

"I ride the bus every day only because I don't have a car right now," Lopez continued, "but it just makes me want to get a car faster. I don't even want to sit down on the bus anymore."