Bed bugs, those pesky little critters, are like the uninvited guests at a never-ending slumber party, except they’re not bringing snacks or funny stories. Nope, these tiny troublemakers are all about late-night snacking on your blood. Imagine you’re just minding your own business, dreaming about becoming a professional pancake stacker, and suddenly you’re on the menu for these vampiric villains! It’s crucial to prevent their spread because, let’s be honest, who wants to share their bed with a bunch of freeloading insects who think you’re their all-you-can-eat buffet? So, folks, keep your beds bug-free and your dreams full of pancakes, not bites! Here’s a look at some of the worst cases of bed bugs and helpful tips on how to stop them before they become a problem for you!
An Invasion in Paris
In 2023, Paris saw a huge number of reports of bed bug infestations. From hotels, homes, and even movie theaters, it was a full on invasion. What spurred this? Paris Fashion Week and the immense amount of travel this event created. Paris, the globe’s most-visited city, hosted a whopping 44 million tourists in 2022. Yet, amidst the Eiffel Tower selfies and croissant delights, bed bugs have made themselves right at home. Between 2017 and 2022, over one in 10 French households sang the bed bug blues, according to ANSES, the French health and safety agency. But here’s the twist: ANSES reveals that the bed bug invasion of epic proportions in recent years is largely thanks to jet-setting adventures and the fact that these little critters have turned into bed bug action heroes, sporting superhero-like resistance to the chemicals designed to squash their nefarious plans.