France Races To Stamp Out Bed Bug Before Olympics

With the Paris Olympics less than a year away French authorities want to make sure the bed bugs don't bite during the Games.

And have started a drive to exterminate the pests.

Social media users have been publishing footage of the insects crawling around in high-speed trains.

The Paris metro alongside a rash of online articles about bed bugs in cinemas and even Charles de Gaulle airport.

The reports have reached the highest levels of government.

They come out at night to feed on human blood.

Once bed bugs were sighted in a home affected rooms must be treated quickly it said.

Bed bug bites leave red areas, blisters or large rashes on the skin and can cause intense itching or allergic reactions.

They also often cause psychological distress, sleeping issues, anxiety and depression.

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