In September 2023, South Korea faced a growing bedbug problem that began at a university in Daegu and spread to hotels, saunas, and public transportation. The government allocated $383,000 to address the issue and formed a specialized team. Although bedbugs don’t transmit diseases, their itchy bites lead to discomfort and skin infections. This issue extended beyond South Korea, affecting France and the UK and raising concerns about the effectiveness of pesticides used to combat these pests.

To deal with the increase in bedbugs in South Korea, the national and local governments took action. The problem affected many places, like dorms at Keimyung University in Daegu, a sauna in Incheon City, and other areas in cities like Bucheon, Seoul, and Busan. Officials thought that more people traveling internationally after the pandemic and fewer travel restrictions might be part of the problem. To fix it, Busan and Seoul gave out guidelines to prevent bedbugs on their websites and carefully checked hotels and saunas. Even though these bugs don’t give you diseases, they can give you skin infections and hide in the seams and cracks of mattresses during the day. South Korea wanted to stop more bedbug issues and make people feel safe again by taking these actions.