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Does the Color of Your Bedding Matter to Bedbugs?

Distressingly, it seems the answer is “yes.”
A bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
A bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.Carolyn Kaster/AP

The next time you’re at Bed Bath & Beyond shopping for sheets, ask yourself this: Will bedbugs like this color?

The unfortunate reality is the atrocious pests do seem to prefer hiding among certain hues, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers at the University of Florida and elsewhere put bedbugs in dishes with paper “tents” of varying colors. They gave them 10 minutes to scoot to these enclaves, and then noted which attracted the densest accumulations of vermin. The findings: The bugs gathered in larger numbers under red and black tents and smaller numbers in yellow and green ones.