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If Your Sheets Are This Color, They Could Be Attracting Bed Bugs, Experts Say

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: If you want to make your bed less appealing to bed bugs and make them easier to spot, you might want to avoid either red or black sheets.A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that, among a group of Harlan strain bed bugs raised at the University of Florida's Urban Entomology Laboratory, 28.5 percent preferred harborages—places to nest and lay eggs—that were black in color, while 23.4 percent preferred ones that were red in color. These preferences were even more pronounced among the male bed bugs studied. Researchers found that 37.5 percent of the male bed bugs studied preferred red harborages and 32 percent preferred black.For more useful information delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter!

Red and black sheets may be more attractive to bed bugs.

If you want to make your bed less appealing to bed bugs and make them easier to spot, you might want to avoid either red or black sheets.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that, among a group of Harlan strain bed bugs raised at the University of Florida's Urban Entomology Laboratory, 28.5 percent preferred harborages—places to nest and lay eggs—that were black in color, while 23.4 percent preferred ones that were red in color. These preferences were even more pronounced among the male bed bugs studied. Researchers found that 37.5 percent of the male bed bugs studied preferred red harborages and 32 percent preferred black.

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