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?
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?
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?
under carpet backing
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
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?
sprinkling baking soda on carpeting
sealing cracks to eliminate hiding places
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?