The Ultimate Bedbugs and Other Creatures in Your Room Quiz

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The Ultimate Bedbugs and Other Creatures in Your Room Quiz
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About This Quiz

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.?
1950s
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.
1960s
1970s

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Why are bedbugs difficult to kill?
They lay eggs as they die.
They are resistant to pesticides.
Bedbugs have built up a resistance to many chemical pesticides, which makes them difficult to eradicate.
They are hard to find.

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What color are bedbugs?
reddish brown
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.
dark brown or black
bright red

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When do bedbugs like to feed on humans?
while they are eating
while they are exercising
while they are sleeping
Bedbugs like to feed on humans while they are sleeping or relaxing.

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What do bedbugs release into your skin when they bite you?
poison
anesthetic
Bedbugs release an anesthetic into your skin when they bite, leaving you with an inflamed, red and very itchy bite.
urine

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How do bedbugs transfer from one place to another?
They stick to your skin.
They lay eggs in your clothing.
They crawl into your clothing.
Bedbugs crawl into the seams of your clothing, bedding or suitcase and hitch a ride.

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Where are bedbugs likely to be found?
in places where they are a lot of people
Bedbugs are likely to be found in places where may people gather, such as theaters, shopping malls, hotels, dorms and office buildings.
in places where people seldom visit
in warm, wet places

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How long can adult bedbugs survive without food?
a week
a month
a year
Adult bedbugs can go without food for a year. Closing up an infested room for a couple of weeks will not starve them out!

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If you find bedbugs in your clothing or bedding, what should you do?
Wash them in boiling water.
Kill bedbugs in your linen or clothing by boiling them in hot water.
Wash them in ice water.
Wash them in bleach.

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How many species of mosquitoes are there in the world?
700
1700
2700
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.

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What do mosquitoes need in order to breed?
sugary foods
stagnant water
Mosquitoes require stagnant water, such as ponds and ditches, in order to reproduce.
blood

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Which mosquitoes bite?
females
Only female mosquitoes bite.
males
babies

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From how far away can mosquitoes detect the presence of a human?
50 feet
100 feet
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.
200 feet

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What do you need to watch out for if you have a pet?
spiders
bedbugs
fleas
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.

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What percentage of fleas in your home are adults?
0.05
Only about 5 percent of fleas in the home will be adults. The rest will be flea eggs, larvae and pupae.
0.3
0.6

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Why are fleas dangerous?
They carry poisons.
They carry diseases.
Fleas carry diseases, such as the Bubonic plague and typhus. They can be killed with pesticides and flea repellants.
They cause allergies.

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Which bug family do dust mites belong to?
spiders
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.
bees
parasites

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What problem to dust mites cause?
They chew clothing.
They cause allergies.
The main problems caused by dust mites are allergies and asthma.
They contaminate food.

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What do dust mites feed on?
material fibers
plant material
dead skin cells
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.

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How can you control the number of dust mites in your home?
Vacuum regularly.
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.

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