Study: Bed bugs are drawn to certain colors
If you are taking a vacation this summer, you may already be dreaming about wasting days away at a beach.
Recently, travelers have become concerned due to reports of bed bugs in hotels across the globe.
The pests can often make their home in a hotel’s mattress and then bite unsuspecting guests.
Many travelers feel helpless against the pests, but new research suggests there may be something you can do to prevent bed bugs from going home with you.
Researchers say they enjoy dark red and black tones, while staying away from white and bright yellow colors.
“We joked that we are all going to buy bright yellow luggage bags because the bedbugs seem not to prefer them, or not to prefer laying eggs on them,” said Roberto Pereira, an urban entomology research scientist at the University of Florida.
Pereira said that bed bugs tend to avoid brightly colored fabric because that leaves them exposed to light and predators.
However, he says they may still be able to find a dark crevice to lay eggs on, even in light colored fabrics.
Dawn Gouge, an associate professor at the University of Arizona, told CNN that using a suitcase with hard exteriors could prevent an infestation in your own home.
Also, she says you should never bring your luggage into your bedroom or couch. Instead, unpack in the garage and immediately wash all of your clothes.