Folks in Hong Kong have began panic-buying insect killers and hiring pest management companies as fears over bedbugs within the metropolis develop, South China Morning Publish reported. Final week, a photograph was broadly circulated on-line during which bedbugs had been seen on an Airport Categorical prepare. Later, after a deep cleansing course of, no such bugs had been discovered on the prepare. Nevertheless, the viral image triggered paranoia amongst residents relating to a possible inflow of bedbug infestation from South Korea, France, and Britain.
Notably, bedbugs are small, oval-shaped parasitic, nocturnal bloodsuckers and their bites may cause rashes. These blood-sucking pests have been given the title bedbugs as a result of they’ve a behavior of nesting in mattresses. They arrive out at night time to feed on human blood.
Mr. Francisco Pazos, proprietor and head technician at pest management firm Nobedbugs-HK, mentioned the agency has an ”unbelievable” quantity of labor, having ”accomplished a month’s work within the final three days”.
He instructed SCMP: ”Hong Kong is like Disneyland for bedbugs… as a result of it’s so dense, there are many locations for them to put eggs but additionally transfer from individual to individual.”
E-commerce platform Shopline has additionally seen a 172 instances enhance in gross sales of pest management and bedbug-killing merchandise
Final week, Hong Kong authorities distributed bedbug warning leaflets to passengers on the airport amid rising reviews of bedbug infestations in South Korea, France, and the UK.
A Hong Kong authorities spokesperson mentioned in an announcement: ”Though data exhibits that bedbugs won’t unfold illnesses, bedbug bites might trigger pores and skin allergy and itchiness and make individuals really feel unwell. The federal government due to this fact takes swift actions to minimise the possibility of transmission of bedbugs from abroad to the area people.”
Nevertheless, an knowledgeable mentioned infestations of the bugs could possibly be prevented with good hygiene and easy precautions.
Final month, France’s capital Paris additionally battled an invasion of bedbugs, simply 10 months earlier than the 2024 Summer time Olympics. The tiny pests had been first noticed in resorts and rental flats throughout town through the summer time. Moviegoers additionally reported recognizing these bugs in theatres whereas some passengers caught them crawling round on seats in high-speed trains and Paris Metro.
Bedbugs had disappeared from each day life in France within the Nineteen Fifties, however their resurgence is generally on account of excessive inhabitants density and extra mass transit.