study found that bedbugs, like some other insects, have
distinct color preferences. Researchers discovered bedbugs are
drawn to red and black and repelled by green and yellow.
Clinic parasitologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt calls the data
interesting; adding, itís always good to learn about pests
that can infest human habitats. She says awareness about
bedbugs is important, especially when youíre staying away
from home. She answers a few questions for a better
understanding about these pests and how to avoid them.
are insects that mostly prefer to stay in dark cracks and
crevices. They are blood feeders, meaning they have to feed on
blood to survive. They spend about 10 percent of their time
looking for a host, feeding on the host and then crawling back
into the little dark hole." Pritt says. "Other
animals can also be fed on by bedbugs."
PEOPLE FEAR BEDBUGS?
primary reason we donít like bedbugs is because they bite
us." Plus, she says, "There is the creepy ick factor
of things coming out at night and biting us, and some people
have very a pronounced response to a bedbug bite. They can get
welts where theyíve been bitten and get itchy lesions."
BEDBUGS TRANSMIT DISEASE?
though bedbugs can ingest blood, and blood can contain
different diseases, there hasnít been any good evidence to
show that anything taken in by a bedbug can actually be
transmitted to a human."
HOW DO I
CHECK FOR BEDBUGS?
checking into a hotel, always check the mattress. Look for
evidence of bedbugs. Pull up the edge of the sheet and look
for bedbugs, parts of their body or feces from where they have
been feeding. Keep your suitcase on the luggage rack. An
additional step is to keep your suitcase in the bathroom. Donít
bring it into the living room or put it on the couch. Keep
your belongings in your suitcase rather than scattered around
a hotel room where bedbugs can crawl onto them or lay their
HAPPENS IF YOUíVE BEEN EXPOSED TO BEDBUGS?
you are at all concerned that you may have picked up bedbugs
in your travel, do not bring your suitcase into your home.
Once you get bedbugs into your house, they are very difficult
to get rid of and youíll likely need to call an