The University of Sheffield has conducted a study as to whether British people can identify bed bugs, the Sheffield Telegraph reports. Researchers showed bed bugs to 350 people, and found that teenagers (under 15) were unable to identify bed bugs. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
Overall, only 10% of people could identify bed bugs.
However, 20% of those over 60 could do so.
Dr Klaus Reinhardt, an entomologist at the University who led the study, said:
“Older people were expected to know what a bedbug looked like because of their war and pre-war time exposure to these nocturnal sleep-robbers.
“However it is also important that younger generations, in particular those that work in the travel and leisure industry, are educated in the appearance of bedbugs and their nymphs, eggs and traces. The ability to single out a lonely creature crawling over a hotel bed as a bedbug may make all the difference.”
Yes it may.
“Who Knows the Bed Bug? Knowledge of Adult Bed Bug Appearance Increases with Peoples Age in Three Counties of Great Britain.” by: Reinhardt, Klaus, Harder, Anton, Holland, Stephanie, Hooper, Jennifer, Leake-Lyall, Clark. Journal of Medical Entomology, Vol. 45, No. 5. (September 2008), pp. 956-958.