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‘I travelled a whole London Underground line in search of bed bugs’

Adam Toms

Adam Toms had a topsy turvy journey to search out bedbugs (Picture: Adam Toms)

A London-based journalist has travelled the whole lot of a London Underground line to attempt to discover any mattress bugs that may have migrated from France, the place they’re inflicting havoc in Paris.

Adam Toms, like many Londoners, is anxious that the pink critters may need already infested the town’s metro community, with numerous . 

Transport for London has been suggested to dispose of the well-known cloths that drape the seats, in order to make it simpler to identify bedbugs. 

He described vigorously “scanning the well-known shiny blue seats” on the Victoria line, which he travelled on all the best way from Brixton to Walthamstow Central.


Local shopworker

Pritesh Patel runs a kiosk at Brixton tube station, with strict directions from his daughter (Picture: Tom Adams)

Writing for , Adam thought he had noticed a dreaded bedbug at one stage, nevertheless it seems his eyes deceived him – it was only a pile of satsuma peelings. 

Earlier than his underground odyssey, Adam spoke to a kiosk employee at Brixton station, who stated he had been advised by his daughter to “change his garments” and have a bathe as quickly as he bought house daily, amid fears that the bugs would possibly take over their house. 

Pritish Patel advised her “it’s in France”, however his daughter, who works within the metropolis, shut down his protests, saying: “I am 5 minutes away from King’s Cross right here and anybody can come right here by way of the Channel Tunnel – you’re too near it”.

However, Mr Patel concluded “I’m not involved about it”, including: “I discover it fairly amusing, however I’m positive there’s a severe aspect to it.”


Paris bedbug patrol

Bedbugs have change into an enormous drawback in Paris (Picture: Getty)

In the meantime, a customer support advisor at Brixton was “really fairly scared”, describing how her “complete home bought infested” with bedbugs when she was youthful, after her then-boyfriend introduced an outdated mattress into his mum’s home. 

“It was a insanity, we needed to throw all the pieces out”, she continued. 

She thinks TfL ought to do away with the material seat covers for hygiene causes – “get the plastic ones”. 

Regardless of Adam’s investigation, by which he swapped carriages at common intervals and had “a correct rummage”, he couldn’t discover any of the six-legged menaces. 

Sadiq Khan has acknowledged how bedbugs are “an actual supply of concern”, whereas TfL has said it’s disinfecting its Tube providers each day. 

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