Bed bugs attracted to dirty laundry

ScienceDaily | 9/28/2017 | Staff
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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.

Journal - Scientific - Reports - University - Sheffield

Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the University of Sheffield research conducted experiments in two identical, temperature-controlled rooms in which four tote bags of clothes were placed -- two containing soiled clothes, two with clean clothes -- in the presence of bed bugs.

In each run of the experiment, one room received an increase in concentration of CO² to simulate human breathing.

Sheffield - Scientists - Absence - Host - Bugs

The Sheffield scientists found that in the absence of a human host, bed bugs were twice as likely to aggregate on bags containing soiled clothes compared to...
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