Bed bugs, the parasitic insects that feed primarily on human blood, have now settled in Iceland, according to exterminator Steinar Marberg Egilsson. Vísir reports.
The reason for the bed bugs' new foothold is mainly due to the increased flow of tourists in the country. Last year, approximately 1.8 million tourists traveled to Iceland, outnumbering the nation's population of 340 thousand. In 2012, the number of tourists was around 650 thousand.
Tourists shouldn't get all the blame though, according to Steinar. With Icelanders traveling abroad in larger numbers now than before, it has an effect on the development. "Then there are a lot of people moving back to Iceland from Europe, after the recession. There are a number of factors at play. We can't put all the blame on the foreigners."