Queens Subway Control Tower Has Bed Bugs Again, Workers Blame MTA

When pests infest an area, especially one needed for public use, people like those in exterminatorsnow.com are brought in to handle the problem. Usually, it goes away, but for a key subway control tower in Queens, New York, that isn’t the case.

A particularly persistent pest problem is plaguing a particular key subway control tower in the New York borough, five days after that particular space was closed off to deal with the bed bugs, during rush hour, no less, in order for fumigation to be done. This resulted in thousands of riders across nine different subway lines in the city to experience major delays.

A Spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Tim Minton, reported that they spotted a bed bug at Forest Hills’ Continental Master Control Tower late January 2020, which resulted in exterminators like those from exterminatorsnow.com being brought in to deal with the problem following the evening rush.

Minton stated that the issue might’ve started from somewhere else, saying that the MTA can’t conclude and can’t conclude that the issue started from the subway.

But the transit workers that operate at the towers have been complaining about bed bugs for several weeks prior to the incident. Union officials and employees have stated that the charged bosses were informed about the issue but weren’t taking the matter seriously.

Another MTA employee, one with direct knowledge of the matter accused the higher ups of covering up the matter, and that the infestation was the fault of the general superintendent.

NYC Transit Chief Operating Officer for Subways Frank Jezycki stated openly that the exterminator that they brought in verified that there were bed bugs at that tower on Jan. 8, 2020, before treating the facility. He then noted that additional bed bugs were spotted on Jan., but the MTA’s exterminator came in faster than they usually did and dealt with the matter.

Jezycski stated that the MTA’s exterminator, Abalon Pest Control, came down to the tower do deal with the problem just before rush hour, which resulted in the MTA’s crews being unable to direct trains via the crucial interlocking that the tower keeps track of, resulting in 236 delayed trains, and 117 canceled.


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