It has been demonstrated that there is no significant difference in Bed bug preference for colored columns of two heights and that Bed bugs tend to hide in harborages when not stimulated. More information, however, is still needed on their visual perception and general behavior. The following study investigated height perception of Bed bugs by determining the total number of bugs that migrated toward Bed bug interceptors representing different elevations over several trials. A significant difference was found between the number of bugs that migrated toward the control and experimental elevations (3”, 6”, 9”) and the number that migrated toward the general arena area. In addition, it was observed that Bed bugs like aggregating together and prefer secluded areas and dark places. They were also found to be weaker than expected. The results of this study revealed the need to continue learning more about Bed bug behavior and senses.
Hall, Loren D., "Height Perception of Bed Bugs, Cimex lectularius" (2016). Senior Research Projects. 187.