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City Fumigates Buses as Precaution

May 28, 2013

The City of Edmonton fumigates Edmonton Transit System (ETS) buses as a precaution whenever it receives reports of bedbugs or other parasites.

Despite the fact that the presence of bedbugs has not been confirmed on City buses at any time during 2013, the City fumigated four buses on three separate occasions in 2013 as precautionary measures in the interest of public health, following reports that bedbugs had been found. Subsequent inspections did not reveal the presence of bedbugs on any buses; nevertheless the buses were fumigated as a precaution.

Although there is no foolproof way to prevent certain parasites from accessing a public transit system (in Edmonton or any other municipality) that fields more than 900 vehicles transporting 300,000 passengers each weekday, due diligence and best practices continue to offer the best defence.

The City inspects its vehicles daily, routinely sanitizes all buses from bumper to bumper and takes concerns about the presence of parasites very seriously to ensure citizens of Edmonton continue to have access to a clean, safe and hygienic public transit system.


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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