The French Government is fighting against an invasion of bedbugs, which has been detected in the Paris metro, on trains and at Charles-de-Gaulle airport. The bites can cause intense itching or allergic reactions. They can also cause depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
An invasion of bed bugs has been detected in France. The French Government launches a concerted effort to combat bed bugs that have appeared massively on public transport, cinemas and hospitals.
These insects that They feed on human blood, have appeared in the Paris metro, high-speed trains and Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
“The bed bug is an insect that has parasitized humans for a long time. It is a hematophagous insect, which means that it only feeds on blood, especially human blood,” explains Mohand Arezki Izri, parasitologist and medical entomologist.
“It is a nocturnal insect, which means that comes out at night to sting us when we are asleepin our beds. During the day, bed bugs hide so that we don’t see them,” he adds.
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Bed bugs, which had disappeared from everyday life in the 1950s, have reemerged in recent decades, mainly due to high population density and the increase in public transportation.
A tenth of French homes are thought to have had bedbug problems in recent years, often requiring a pest control operation costing several hundred euros.
“People come back from vacation and have brought them in their luggage, in public spaces they proliferate. A bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs throughout its life. and increases exponentially,” explains Franck Dabi, expert in rodent control and disinfection.
Effects of bed bug bites
Bed bug bites leave areas red, blisters, or large rashes on the skin, and can cause intense itching or allergic reactions.
Also They usually cause psychological disorders, sleep problems, anxiety and depression.
The French National Health Agency advised citizens to check hotel beds when traveling and to be careful when bringing second-hand furniture into their homes.
As soon as bed bugs are detected in a home, the affected rooms should be treated quickly.