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Thanks MTA!

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Do you live in a city where increased subway fares are commensurate with a decrease in services?  If your monthly pass will soon cost more than a hundred dollars, but every ride includes 15 minutes sitting in the tunnels between stations, or you frequently find yourself hunting for lengthy, alternate routes home at night because your usual line is not running, at least your MTA card is good for one thing- FINDING BEDBUGS!:

As soon as you arrive any new place you’re staying, Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, suggests checking your bed and mattress for drops of dried (human) blood or (bug) excrement. Bedbugs — which are brown and about the size of lentils — love cracks and crevices so check mattress seams and joints and cracks in the bedframe..

Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, an urban entomologist with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University, says the ideal tool is a transit fare card — a metro card in New York or Washington, a BART card in San Francisco, or any card thinner than a credit card. Just run it along the cracks and seams to reveal bugs.

Now you know.  And knowing is half the battle.



3 Comments on “Thanks MTA!”

  1. 1 Notmybedbugs said at 1:52 pm on October 4th, 2010:

    THAT. is. disgusting. Imagine all those cards covered in bedbug eggs getting whipped through at turnstiles across town! not saying it won’t work, just ew… what if it spread things.

  2. 2 HJM said at 3:57 pm on October 4th, 2010:

    Well, I am sure the MTA thinks we deserve no better than to spend our ours sitting in the tunnels scratching ourselves. However, the card won’t give any hitchikers a hiding place and can be easily wiped off.

  3. 3 Nix Bedbugs » Blog Archive » Science Corner: Luminol I See said at 7:05 pm on October 7th, 2010:

    […] how the hell this might save you time or money. In most cases, the naked eye and your designated bedbug metrocard will do in finding these fecal traces, and the Luminol method saves no time as far as going over […]


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