Despite the name, bed bugs aren’t just hiding in your sheets.
New research published in Scientific Reports suggests that bed bugs are actually more interested in your dirty laundry.
“Our study suggests that keeping dirty laundry in a sealed bag, particularly when staying in a hotel, could reduce the chances of people taking bed bugs home with them, which may reduce the spread of infestations,” study author William Hentley, PhD, said.
“Once a room is infested with bed bugs, they can be very difficult to get rid of, which can result in people having to dispose of clothes and furniture that can be really costly,” Hentley added.
Apparently, the body odour we emit while sleeping is what entices bed bugs, making dirty clothes, covered in your odour, attractive to the creepy critters.