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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been telling you about is worse than first thought.

Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars...and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs

“I always look before I sit, I'd much rather stand now” said commuter Marcel Hyman.

The MTA previously admitted bed bugs were found on the N and Q trains earlier this summer , and said the trains in question were fumigated.

But now the Daily News reports the cringe inducing critters were also spotted on the 4,5,6, l and 3 trains in August, adding up to more than 20 sightings for the month.

“I think that's nasty you don't want to bring that home” one man told us.

But the MTA says the numbers are being blown out of proportion, with spokesman Adam Lisberg saying "on the scale of things to worry about it falls somewhere between getting struck by lightning and winning the lottery."

Lisberg says since the beginning of the year, the agency has found evidence of bedbugs on 16 cars, along 8 different subway lines despite carrying 5.8 million people on 8,000 trains per day.

The MTA confirms they have hired an expert to address the issue, but no word when he or she will get started.

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