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The Ultimate Bug Zapper Quiz
by Staff
The sound of "ZZZT" on a lovely spring evening may be the sound of insects being vaporized. Knowing what products are available to help you deal with insects may make your outdoor living space more livable. Take this quiz to see how up to date your bug zapper knowledge is.

What type of candle may repel bugs?

  • Citronella candle
  • unscented candle
  • vanilla candle

How does a bug zapper actually kill bugs?

  • electricity
  • toxic fumes
  • chemicals

The bug zapper housing may have a ________ design, to prevent touching of the electrified parts.

  • transformer
  • grid
  • housing top

What attracts insects to the bug zapper?

  • buzzing sound
  • light bulbs
  • sweet scent

What electrifies the bug zapper?

  • transformer
  • battery
  • stun gun

What type of light may be better seen by insects?

  • visible light
  • ultraviolet light
  • both answers

How many bugs may be put to death in one evening?

  • 500
  • 5000
  • 10000

Why are bug zappers ineffective against mosquitoes?

  • Mosquitoes are not attracted to ultraviolet light
  • Mosquitoes are repelled by ultraviolet light.
  • Neither answer is correct.

What is a criticism of bug zappers?

  • harmless insects are killed
  • harm nearby ecosystems
  • both answers

Why are mosquitoes attracted to humans?

  • carbon dioxide from human breath
  • carbon dioxide from human sweat
  • both answers

What is essential for mosquito control?

  • destruction of female mosquitoes
  • destruction of mosquitoes eggs
  • both answers

Why is standing water detrimental to mosquito control?

  • Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water.
  • Mosquitoes drink the standing water.

What is the use of malathion?

  • pesticide
  • toxic to mosquito larvae and mosquitoes
  • both answers

What type of pesticide is recommended for human use?

  • DEET
  • DDT
  • chlordane

Where does citronella oil come from?

  • leaves and stems of several plants
  • tree bark
  • chemically produced

How should you apply spray-on insect repellant?

  • spray liberally on all exposed areas
  • reapply every hour
  • follow product's directions

What is use of Octenol?

  • used to attract mosquitoes
  • used to repel mosquitoes
  • used to kill mosquitoes

When do municipalities spray with malathion?

  • spring
  • summer
  • both spring and summer

What is a broad-spectrum insect repellent?

  • repel a wide range of insects
  • repel a small range of insects
  • neither answer

What are mosquito larvae?

  • become mosquito eggs
  • mosquito eggs
  • emerge from mosquito eggs