The hunt is open. After invading Parisian cinemas, national trains, bed bugs have they taken possession of public transport? The doubt prevails, while a report has just been made by a train driver on line 8 (Balard-Creteil), who explained to have found these parasites in his cabin, according to information from the Parisian, confirmed by Le Figaro. A suspicion of presence taken very seriously by the RATP, which announced that the rolling stock concerned was "taken out of the commercial service to be assessed".
But is this even possible? Undoubtedly, answers a unionist of the FO branch of the RATP, who explains that their proliferation is particularly favored by "the fabrics of certain chairs that allow animals to slip and lay inside". Not to mention according to him that "travelers are not always very clean". While waiting for confirmation, these reports to the chain worry travelers, who are numerous on social networks, to scrutinize their seat scrupulously before sitting down.
And it is not Stéphane Bras, national spokesperson of the CS3D (Chambre syndicale de la dératisation, de la désinfection et de la désinsectisation), who will be able to reassure the most worried. According to him, "there is no reason for public transport to be spared", while "there is an upsurge in proven cases of reports, a mini-explosion of cases that is an oil stain".
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No sector is spared
For the specialist, their presence is thus possible "wherever humans live". "This phenomenon is present throughout society. The human is both the vehicle and the pantry of the bed bug (...) so automatically, he takes transport, "he explains. And no sector is spared according to his experience since bed bugs have already been found "in nurseries, schools, homes and hospitals", and "moreover in tertiary environments, in office and coworking spaces".
It's been several years that we alert on the situation of resurgence of bedbugs, "recalls again Stéphane Bras, for whom the risk "has probably not been taken at its fair value". The specialist believes in particular that this problem "must be controlled at the level of society", and that it is absolutely necessary "that the risk is known, and that the measures of anticipation and treatment are more numerous". In particular, it recommends setting up "a major educational campaign on a national scale" and invites the general public to adopt "an attitude of precaution and anticipation", by systematically inspecting their clothes after going to the cinema or passing in the subway.