A new study gives a ray of hope to all those who are either scared of bed bugs or are anxious to get them out of their lives.
The study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology indicated towards a useful weapon against the scary bugs who can eradicate peace from your lives and the weapon is none other than color.
The scientists made tiny tents out of folded card stock in eight different colors and placed them in Petri dishes. They then plopped a bed bug in the middle, who had 10 minutes to decide which tent to hide in.
It turned out that red was the popular choice among the bugs followed by black while yellow and green seemed to be on their hate list.
In other words, bed bugs strongly tended to choose red tents over the other colors, almost 29% of the time. Black was a close runner-up, drawing in bed bugs 23% of the time and most of them avoided green and yellow tents.
“We originally thought the bed bugs might prefer red because blood is red and that’s what they feed on,” said study co-author Corraine McNeill, assistant professor of biology at Union College in Nebraska, in a statement.
“However, after doing the study, the main reason we think they preferred red is because bed bugs themselves appear red, so they go to these harborages because they want to be with other bed bugs, as they are known to exist in aggregations.”
It might be that they didn’t opt for colors like green and yellow as these colors signal outdoors or brightly lit areas, places where bed bugs aren’t typically found.
Their color preferences depended on whether they were hungry, fed, old or young. Still, red and black clearly won.
Well now don’t throw away or burn your red bed sheets instead avoid dressing up your bed with them if you fear the presence of bed bugs in your house.
Scientists believe that this insight into a bed bug’s favorite color might one day enhance the efficacy of bed bug traps.