First off, I think there’s a lot of hype around bed bugs because they make for attractive headlines. I’ve stayed in hundreds, if not thousands, of hotels and I haven’t once encountered bed bugs (that I’m aware of). Have you? If yes, please leave a comment below with details on when and where.
Obviously, bed bugs are something to be familiar with, but I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about them. There are simple ways of limiting your risk. Check your mattresses, and check websites that track bed bug locations like The Bedbug Registry. And take advantage of some new research from behavior expert William Hentley and his colleagues from Britain’s Sheffield University, who “found that bedbugs were twice as likely to go into bags that held clothing that had been worn.”
“In the absence of a human host, bedbugs were twice as likely to aggregate on bags containing soiled clothes compared to bags containing clean clothes,” they wrote in their report, published in the journal Scientific Reports according to TODAY.
It’s an interesting report, to be sure. Hentley says that one thing he has learned is that bed bugs cannot climb up the smooth legs of metal luggage racks or other smooth surfaces, and so he’ll be using those racks in the future. He will also probably put his dirty clothes in a sealed plastic bag. Both sound like good ideas and don’t take too much effort.
If you do suspect you have bed bugs in your bag, WebMD can help.
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