Tips for Keeping Bed Bugs Away – A Focus on Dirty Laundry

Bed Bugs - a Focus on Dirty Laundry
Bed Bugs – a Focus on Dirty Laundry

It’s bad enough that bed bugs are traveling on planes and trains, enjoying the views from hotels and motels around the globe, and setting up housekeeping in our homes, but getting into your dirty laundry has got to be the last straw.

Bed Bug Experiments

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have concluded that bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry. Their research showed dirty clothes left exposed around sleeping areas was a green light for bed bugs to infiltrate the area.

Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects soiled clothing had on the pests. Two rooms were set up, each had four bags of laundry; two clean and two dirty. One room also had carbon dioxide added to simulate a breathing human.

The experiments showed dirty laundry saw an influx of bed bug activity. It also concluded the room with the added carbon dioxide saw an increase in bed bugs prowling for a human host.

To prevent bringing bed bugs home while traveling, keep dirty clothing in a sealed plastic bag. At home, place it in the hamper.

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