We’re attracted to certain colors
As a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology showed, bed bugs really like dark red and black (so maybe don’t choose bedding in those colors) and tend to stay away from white, green, and yellow. Researchers think dark red and black offer good protection from predators like ants and spiders. And since we have a red exoskeleton, it’s likely that we’re drawn to these colors because it suggests the presence of other bed bugs—and we generally like to stick together to stay safe. Keep an eye out for these 8 warning signs you’re about to have a bed bug problem.
Heat is our number-one killer
Exterminators treat rooms and furniture with a combination of dry steam cleaning, deep heat, and chemical treatments. If your clothes have been in an infested room (or your sheets on a buggy bed), throw them in a hot dryer (at least 122 degrees) for 20 minutes to kill bed bugs, according to the University of Minnesota. Don’t miss these secrets from professional exterminators about bed bugs and other pests.