Steering clear of bed bugs by keeping laundry clean

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(NBC News Channel) - The best way to bring back memories -- not bed bugs -- from your vacation?

Generic photo of bed bug.

Do your laundry!

That's because bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes.

A new Bbritish study found the critters were twice as likely to creep into suitcases with soiled clothes , than those with clean laundry.

And it didn't take much dirt.

The clothes had only been worn for just a few hours before attracting bed bugs.

Experts say if you can't do laundry, keep all dirty items in a sealed plastic bag.