Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz
by Staff
Bedbugs are making a comeback after being nearly eradicated by the pesticide DDT back in the 1950s. If you're afraid that your house may host the next big bedbug convention, this quiz will help you separate the hype from the facts when it comes to these blood-sucking little pests.

Do bedbugs only hang out in the bedroom?

  • Yes. Bedbugs need to find warm, sleeping hosts, so the bedroom is ground zero.
  • No. Bedbugs will nest in any warm, dry location.
  • No. Bedbugs nest in indoor areas where people spend a lot of time.

How long can a mature bedbug live without a meal?

  • a month
  • a week
  • a year

Can bedbugs infest places like department store dressing rooms and movie theaters?

  • Yes, but it's uncommon.
  • Yes. Bedbugs hitchhike on clothing and other objects, establishing communities as they go .
  • No. Infestations outside of areas where people sleep are an urban myth.

What diseases are transmitted by bedbugs?

  • HIV/Aids
  • Typhus
  • Bubonic plague
  • Bedbuds aren't known to transmit any diseases.

Why are bedbugs a growing problem now?

  • Experts aren't sure, but it's probably a combination of factors.
  • The best pesticide to kill bedbugs, DDT, was banned in the early 1970s.
  • Hot summers and mild winters are a perfect breeding environment for them.

Where do bedbugs nest?

  • behind baseboards
  • under carpet backing
  • behind wallpaper
  • all of the above

Why don't you feel bedbugs biting?

  • Because you're sleeping.
  • Because they inject you with an anesthetic.
  • Because the bite is shallow. It's the poisonous saliva that causes irritation.

How long does it take for a bedbug bite to develop into an itchy, red bump?

  • a few hours
  • two days
  • up to two weeks

What are some of the physical signs that you have a bedbug infestation?

  • brownish dust near beds and small webs behind baseboards
  • tiny holes in cotton fabric, red streaks on sheets and a sour odor
  • reddish spots on bedding and a sweet, musty odor

Which of the following is not a treatment for bedbugs?

  • steam cleaning
  • sprinkling baking soda on carpeting
  • sealing cracks to eliminate hiding places
  • vacuuming

How large are adult bedbugs?

  • an eighth of an inch on average
  • a quarter of an inch
  • about the size of a grain of sand

How many eggs can a female bedbug lay in a lifetime?

  • 25,000
  • less than 100
  • 500
  • millions

How long do bedbugs live?

  • 5 years
  • 15 months
  • 10 to 11 months
  • 10 years under the right conditions