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How often do you wash your sheets? And be honest!

Wash sheets at hot temperatures to kill bed bugsI stumbled across a study with results that are particularly hideous. But although I was absolutely disgusted, I have to admit that I was also somewhat unsurprised. The study carried out by Sheilas Wheels home insurance, looked at how regularly us Britons are washing our bed linen and the impact this has on pests, specifically bed bugs. The study revealed that one in eight people sleep in bedding that hasn’t been washed for over a month. Unsurprisingly men came out worst, with 1.7 million admitting to the fact that they wait over a month before washing their sheets. The annual bed bug audit revealed the main reasons for not regularly washing bedding were down to lack of time and saving money. With bed bugs continuing to be a growing issue, the fact that Britons are not regularly washing their bed linen is of great concern. A hot wash is enough to kill off any bed bugs and their eggs, so it is important this is regularly done to ensure you slow a potential problem in its tracks.

The study also revealed that one in five people surveyed were more likely than last year to buy second hand furniture, 26% of Brits polled had no idea how bed bugs spread and 25% confirmed that they were unaware of steps they could take to prevent the spread. With the purchasing of second hand furniture one of the most common ways of bringing bed bugs into your home, these results are extremely concerning.

Quite a few studies have come to light lately, painting Britain as a rather dirty nation, including a study released on Global Handwashing Day. It is important we all do our bit to keep our homes clean, hygienic and pest free, even if it is just a matter of asking the men in your life to wash the sheets a little more regularly!

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2 Comments

  1. David Thorburn
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank God I’m 4 x times better than the average UK male!

  2. Matt
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    OK, the Sheila’s Wheels press release is a car crash and the ‘churnalists’ picking it up have not even tried to cross check it

    “The Bed Bug Audit also revealed that 26 per cent of Brits polled had no idea how bed bugs spread and a quarter (25 per cent) said they were unaware of any measures to counter them, such as leaving sheets exposed during the day or regularly vacuuming all areas of the room – including the seams of the mattress.”

    What? Are you mad Sheila’s Wheels? Bed bugs are resistance to some insecticides to the tune of 1600%. Leaving your sheets exposed is hardly going to phase them. Besides which, they are going to harbouring on the bed frame or head board well out of sight. If you are going to offer insurance for bed bug infestations- how about you hire folk from the 74% of the population that apparently do know how bed bugs spread? !

    Could it be that you’ve got bed bugs mixed up with house dust mites? Maybe?

    Good work too, un-named Daily Telegraph Journalist:

    “Experts say up to ten per cent of the weight of an unwashed pillow can be made up of dead skin and mites, with a dirty bed having about ten million bedbugs. ”

    You have to be careful throwing around figures like that. It can get folk into trouble. And that’s clearly an insane figure anyway. With 10 million bed bugs feeding on you you’d be a withered exsanguinated husk by daybreak. Dust mites, maybe, but even then that sounds rather high….

    Congratulations also to Silent night beds:
    http://www.silentnight.co.uk/news_ext/801213641/mattresses-could-be-a-haven-for-bed-bugs

    nice try, but that’s an ant.

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