Bed Bugs Attracted To Dirty Laundry
Of all the bugs that get into our homes, the bed bug may be one of the most misunderstood. And, one of the biggest misunderstandings is the idea that bed bugs are attracted to dirty homes. If you go online in search of answers, you're likely to get a wide spectrum of opinions on this topic. Some will say that it is foolish to think that bed bugs can live in clean environments. Others will say that bed bugs can live in the cleanest of environments. But, the truth is, both of these positions are only partly correct. While bed bugs can live in the cleanest of environments, they don't thrive in these locations.
For the longest time, entomologists have seen a connection between clutter and bed bug infestations. It is well researched that bed bug infestations are able to thrive much more easily when a home has clutter. This is because clutter helps bed bugs stay hidden. But, a recent scientific study has shed even more light on why bed bugs do better in homes that are cluttered.
There are lots of things that clutter our floors. Some are small, like pen caps, paper balls, marbles, or a plastic bottle that missed the trash can. Some are big, like boxes with stored stuff, items you're not using at the moment, or spare furniture. But, for most of us, laundry is a common item that can find itself laying on our floors. Laundry items from socks to pants and even coats can all be floor clutter. And, as it turns out, bed bugs can be attracted to these items.
According to the University of Sheffield, bed bugs that are not able to find a human host will seek out items of clothing that have human odors on them. So, while not specifically drawn to filth, they are attracted to dirty laundry. And, a home that has lots of dirty laundry on the floor is going to feel much more like home to a bed bug.