Bed Bugs Have Favorite Colors

Did you know bed bugs might have favorite colors?  A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida and Union College determined that bed bugs are more prone to hide or live in certain places if they are specific colors.  If you have a lot of furniture in these colors, take caution!

Bed Bugs Drawn to Certain Colors, Study Shows

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New research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that bed bugs strongly preferred red and black, and they seemed to avoid colors like green and yellow.

April 27, 2016

Researchers from the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, Neb., wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. The tests consisted of using small tent-like harborages that were made from colored cardstock and placed in Petri dishes. A bed bug was then placed in the middle of the Petri dish and given ten minutes to choose one of the colored harborages. A few variations of the test were also conducted, such as testing bed bugs in different life stages, of different sexes, individual bugs versus groups of bugs, and fed bugs versus hungry bugs.

The results, which are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, showed that the bed bugs strongly preferred red and black, and they seemed to avoid colors like green and yellow.
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