Living With Bed Bug Vision

Bed Bug

Underside of Immature Bed Bug

Bed bugs are a problem in need of a better solution. There is much interest in bed bug traps that intercept bed bugs traveling to and from a feeding site and a harborage. A group of scientists* asked, “How do bed bugs use their vision?”

Bed bugs respond to a variety of odor cues but also respond to color. They orient to black or red objects in preference to white or other colored objects. (The bed bug visual system does not distinguish black and red.) Bed bugs prefer vertical objects to horizontal ones. This information is potentially useful to those trying to design a better bed bug trap.

*Singh N, Wang C, Cooper R. 2015. Role of Vision and Mechanoreception in Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius L. Behavior. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118855.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118855

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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  4. so how about lighted white bed legs?

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