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Time to tackle dirty laundry to prevent bed bugs

According to researchers from University of Sheffield, dirty laundry can attract bed bugs and there is a rise in these parasites that bite and carry a host of diseases. Their study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.


The authors of the study found that bed bugs or Cimex lectularius are known to be attracted to human hosts. When there are no humans around, they tend to hone in on the smell of humans that remains in their worn clothes. William Hentley, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield and first author on the paper said that this is the first time they have noted that human smell could be a magnet for the long distance spread of bed bugs.



Common bed bugs are visible to the naked eye (being around 5mm long). They have a flat oval shaped body when not fed. After they have sucked on the blood of a human they tend to swell up and become darker in color. They can survive without feeling for months an