Users of several public places in the Paris area have reported the presence of this parasite in recent weeks. Testimonies poured in regarding his presence in trains, cinemas and libraries, and as reported by Le Parisien, the Paris City Council urged the state to mobilize generally, especially before millions of tourists arrive for next year's Olympics.
The First Vice-Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, called for urgent meetings to be organized between all the services involved in order to disseminate an action plan commensurate with this scourge.
In response to this request, Transport Minister Clement Pion wrote on Thursday on the social network X (former Twitter): "I will meet next week with transport operators to inform them of the measures that have been taken as well as to take further measures to serve passengers for reassurance and protection."
This increase in France's capital and major cities is not surprising: bed bugs, which have reappeared since the nineties, have plagued more than one in ten homes in France in recent years. Their elimination cost French families 230 million euros a year between 2017 and 2022, according to a recent report by the National Agency for Health Security.
In a statement to Sky New Arabia, bed bug entomologist Jean-Michel Beringer explains, "The number of infections with these small insects the size of an apple seed decreased during the coronavirus pandemic because it does not move alone, but rather uses people's property. Travels in bags or in luggage. With the resumption of travel and mass tourism, the number of infections has risen. During the period between September and October knows its zenith."
But he explains: "There's nothing new about what's happening today. In the past, bed bugs were found in trains and cinemas. But social networks help to create a stir and highlight this phenomenon."
The specialist points out that "bedbugs prefer dark places. For example, the cinema is the perfect living place for bed bugs, because they can bite 24 hours a day."
Frederic Torrell, the technical director of a disinfection company, told Sky News Arabia, "It's no longer a matter of hygiene. Bed bugs can be transported home even after a night in a hotel or hostel. This is enough to invade an entire house, considering that bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs a year and can live for up to 12 months without eating if the humidity and temperature conditions are good."
It is possible to eradicate this parasite "according to its stage of development, density and extent of spread, and then the appropriate protocol is chosen", he said.
As for the best ways to protect, Torrell advises "putting luggage in a plastic bag or using mosquito repellent spray in bags. After the flight, it is possible to wash the laundry at 60 degrees or freeze it for three days."