Home & Garden Your dirty clothes are catnip for bedbugs

13:36  02 october  2017
13:36  02 october  2017 Source:   prima.co.uk

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Lead researcher Dr William Hentley advised holidaymakers not to leave dirty clothes exposed in hotel rooms. " Bedbugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world's biggest and busiest cities. Once a room is infested with bed bugs

What really made the difference was the residual human odor. So if your dirty clothes are trapped away inside some luggage, you'll be safe. Only when they're open for extended periods of time are they a bedbug magnet.

Bedbugs can thrive if you keep dirty laundry in the bedroom © Natalie Board / EyeEm / Getty Bedbugs can thrive if you keep dirty laundry in the bedroom Keeping dirty laundry in the bedroom allows bedbugs to thrive, suggests a new study.

Bedbugs have soared in the last few years, partly thanks to low-cost international travel which has allowed them to spread between countries.

And now researchers at the University of Sheffield have shown that the insects are drawn to dirty laundry, which could be particularly problematic when travelling. The findings are published in Scientific Reports.

The team carried out experiments with tote bags (some contained dirty clothes while the others contained clean laundry). The bags were placed in the presence of bedbugs. Results showed bedbugs were twice as likely to aggregate on bags containing soiled clothes compared to those containing clean ones.

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Bed bugs are drawn to the smell of your stinky clothes . They set a cage full of bed bugs in the middle of a room and placed two cotton bags at equal distances—one filled with clean clothes and the other filled with dirty socks and T-shirts collected from volunteers.

Loading Please Wait. Bedbugs Like the Smell of Dirty Laundry. This study demonstrates it may be in your best interest to store your dirty clothes tightly away to prevent parasitic hitchhikers.

The research suggests the insects are drawn to body odour in dirty laundry. Therefore, leaving worn clothes in an open suitcase or on the floor of an infected room could attract them.

Lead researcher Dr William Hentley advised holidaymakers not to leave dirty clothes exposed in hotel rooms.

'Bedbugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world's biggest and busiest cities. Once a room is infested with bed bugs, they can be very difficult to get rid of, which can results in people having to dispose of clothes and furniture that can be really costly.'

His team suggests keeping dirty laundry in a sealed bag could reduce the chances of people taking bedbugs home with them.

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Leaving your dirty clothes in a pile can up your chances of bringing home bedbugs , a new study suggests. That’s because bedbugs really like hanging out on used clothing , according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

As is the case with most journeys, their quest began with clean clothes and ended with dirty ones. See, these scientists had a theory: it’s not just humans that bed bugs are attracted to, it’s the smell of a human.

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