From: University of Sheffield
Published September 28, 2017 02:26 PM

Bed Bugs Attracted to Dirty Laundry, Study Finds

  • Bed bugs are huge problem for hotel and homeowners in some of the world’s busiest cities
  • Insects finding their way into clothing and luggage is one possible cause of global spread of bed bugs

Bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry according to new research published by University of Sheffield scientists this week (Thursday 28 September 2017).

The study, led by Dr William Hentley from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, suggests that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when travelling may facilitate the dispersal of bed bugs.

Bed bugs have recently undergone a global resurgence, which has been partly attributed to an increase in low cost international travel in the tourism industry. One possible mechanism facilitating the global spread of bed bugs is that the insects find their way into clothing and luggage.

Read more at University of Sheffield

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