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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How can you control the number of dust mites in your home?
Wash your bedding weekly.
Both of the above.
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.