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The Ultimate Bedbugs and Other Creatures in Your Room Quiz
4 Min Quiz
In which decade were bedbugs almost eradicated from the U.S.?
In the 1950s bedbugs were almost eradicated from the U.S. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection agency, the number of bedbugs is increasing today at an alarming rate.
Why are bedbugs difficult to kill?
Bedbugs have built up a resistance to many chemical pesticides, which makes them difficult to eradicate.
What color are bedbugs?
Bedbugs are a reddish brown color. They are rounded and slightly flat in shape and adult bedbugs are about a quarter inch (0.6 cm) long. Although they are visible to the naked eye, these creatures are masters of concealment. For signs for infestation, check the seams of your couch and mattresses carefully for the bugs themselves, or for exoskeletons or feces spots.
When do bedbugs like to feed on humans?
Bedbugs like to feed on humans while they are sleeping or relaxing.
What do bedbugs release into your skin when they bite you?
Bedbugs release an anesthetic into your skin when they bite, leaving you with an inflamed, red and very itchy bite.
How do bedbugs transfer from one place to another?
Bedbugs crawl into the seams of your clothing, bedding or suitcase and hitch a ride.
Where are bedbugs likely to be found?
Bedbugs are likely to be found in places where may people gather, such as theaters, shopping malls, hotels, dorms and office buildings.
How long can adult bedbugs survive without food?
Adult bedbugs can go without food for a year. Closing up an infested room for a couple of weeks will not starve them out!
If you find bedbugs in your clothing or bedding, what should you do?
Kill bedbugs in your linen or clothing by boiling them in hot water.
How many species of mosquitoes are there in the world?
There are over 2,700 species of mosquitoes in the world. The U.S. is host to about 13 different species. Mosquitoes carry serious diseases, such as West Nile, encephalitis, malaria and yellow fever, making it essential to keep mosquito populations under control.
What do mosquitoes need in order to breed?
Mosquitoes require stagnant water, such as ponds and ditches, in order to reproduce.
Which mosquitoes bite?
Only female mosquitoes bite.
From how far away can mosquitoes detect the presence of a human?
Mosquitoes can detect a human from up to 100 feet (30 m) away. They have special sensors that detect the presence of carbon dioxide and lactic acid, which humans produce during respiration. They can also sense sweat.
What do you need to watch out for if you have a pet?
Fleas are parasites that prefer to feed off animals, but will dine off you if they are hungry enough. They can hide in your carpeting and bedding for months without a meal, making them difficult to eliminate.
What percentage of fleas in your home are adults?
Only about 5 percent of fleas in the home will be adults. The rest will be flea eggs, larvae and pupae.
Why are fleas dangerous?
Fleas carry diseases, such as the Bubonic plague and typhus. They can be killed with pesticides and flea repellants.
Which bug family do dust mites belong to?
Dust mites are related to the spider family, just on a smaller scale. They are only one hundredth of an inch long and they don't bite.
What problem to dust mites cause?
The main problems caused by dust mites are allergies and asthma.
What do dust mites feed on?
Dust mites feed on dead skin cells. Since humans shed 30 to 40 thousand skin cells every minute, it is no wonder that dust mites like to be around humans.
How can you control the number of dust mites in your home?
To control the number of dust mites in your home, vacuum regularly and wash your bedding weekly. Using a high-efficiency air filter and reducing the humidity in your home will also help with dust mite control.
Your home may appear clean, but it is difficult to see the creatures that lurk among your beds, carpets and clothes. You may prefer to turn a blind eye, but if you would like to know more about bedbugs and other creatures in your room, have a go at this quiz.
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