Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bed bugs have favorite colors

When these blood-suckers reach adulthood, they prefer red and black
by SHARON OOSTHOEK  MAY 25, 2016 — 7:00 AM EST
Do you have favorite colors? So does a bed bug. And a new study shows that, like many humans, bed bugs change their color preferences as they age.

"It's just like when you were four, you might have liked the color blue. But when you get to eight, you might say, 'I don't like blue anymore. I like green.' Then at 12, you say, 'I really like black,'" explains Corraine McNeill. She is one of the study’s authors and an entomologist. That is a scientist who studies insects. She works at Union College in Lincoln, Neb. Her team’s study was published April 25 in the Journal of Medical Entomology.  MORE