Art often imitates life. But it’s also not uncommon for life to imitate art – and that can be pretty damn terrifying, when the art we’re speaking of is horror films.

If you thought you were safe from bedbugs outside of beds, you might want to think again, as the NY Daily News reports that the nasty little buggers are becoming a big time threat in New York City’s subway system, with a reported 21 of them being spotted this past month alone.

“We’ve never had sightings to this magnitude,” said Joe Costales, a chairman with Transport Workers Union Local 100. “It’s no longer an isolated scenario. It’s throughout the system.”

Not only have bedbugs been roaming around with passengers and presumably going home with them, but so too have many of them infested MTA crew rooms in both Brooklyn and Queens, which just goes to show how widespread the problem has become.

The MTA has to date treated 16 trains within the system, fumigating them and ridding them of the bedbugs. Unfortunately for New York City, there are a total of 8,000 trains in the system, with 5.8 million passengers riding them every single day of the week. Eek.

1997’s Guillermo del Toro-directed Mimic of course centered on giant bugs invading New York’s subway system, so let’s hope these little guys stay the size they are, and life doesn’t imitate art too closely!