Hostels of the world take note. According to a new research, like interior decorators and footy aficionados before them, bed bugs also have preferred colour schemes.
Published in the Journal of Medical Entomology earlier this week, the nightmare of every traveller has been found to be a very particular little creature, with preferences depending on age, gender and how well-sustained they are.
Like us, it seems a pink fairy room may be ideal in primary school, but come high school, they’re like, totally going to need a redecorating scheme if you want to keep them at home.
Overall, researchers found that the dirty little male bite lovers possess a strong liking for blacks and reds, but shy away from whites, while females prefer lilac and violet. Both genders appear to hate white, yellow and green.
Like fashionistas, bed bug have colour preferences too. Source: iStock.
To discover the preferences, researchers created teeny-tiny bug sized tents known as harborages in multiple colours.
They would then set up multiple harborages in a petri dish before dropping in a bed bug and observing where they ran to and remained over a 10 minute period.