Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz

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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.
Bedbugs can nest anywhere you spend a lot of time. If that's in your favorite recliner, bedbugs may shelter there. Although they can travel up to 100 feet a night, they like to stay within 8 feet of their favorite meal -- you.

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How long can a mature bedbug live without a meal?
a month
a week
a year
A mature bedbug can survive a year or more without a blood meal, and mature nymphs can go months without eating.

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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 .
Bedbugs hitchhike from place to place on clothing and objects like luggage. Once relocated, they can hang out in carpeting, upholstery, drapes and other clothing or furnishings waiting for a free ride to your house.
No. Infestations outside of areas where people sleep are an urban myth.

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What diseases are transmitted by bedbugs?
HIV/Aids
Typhus
Bubonic plague
Bedbuds aren't known to transmit any diseases.
Although their bite can cause skin reactions, bedbugs aren't known to transmit any diseases.

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Why are bedbugs a growing problem now?
Experts aren't sure, but it's probably a combination of factors.
The experts aren't sure, but it's probably a combination of factors. Changes in the way pesticides are used (baiting instead of widespread spraying), increased international travel and a lack of awareness about bedbugs as pests can all contribute to the growing problem.
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.

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Where do bedbugs nest?
behind baseboards
under carpet backing
behind wallpaper
all of the above
Bedbugs are a variety of blood-sucking external parasite that nests near their hosts. Because they're small and relatively flat, they can conceal themselves very effectively in mattress seams, behind headboards, in baseboard cracks, in and under carpeting and behind wallpaper.

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Why don't you feel bedbugs biting?
Because you're sleeping.
Because they inject you with an anesthetic.
When bedbugs bite, you don't feel it because they inject you with an anesthetic. They also inject you with an anticoagulant.
Because the bite is shallow. It's the poisonous saliva that causes irritation.

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How long does it take for a bedbug bite to develop into an itchy, red bump?
a few hours
two days
up to two weeks
Although it may happen in a few hours, for some people it can take up to two weeks to have a reaction to a bedbug bite.

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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
There's a good chance you have bedbugs if you see reddish spots on your mattress or bedding and can smell a sweet, musty odor. Another indicator is the presence of discarded bedbug exoskeletons that look like desicated bugs.

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Which of the following is not a treatment for bedbugs?
steam cleaning
sprinkling baking soda on carpeting
Although it may help reduce pet odors, sprinkling baking soda on carpeting is not considered an effective treatment for combatting bedbugs.
sealing cracks to eliminate hiding places
vacuuming

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How large are adult bedbugs?
an eighth of an inch on average
a quarter of an inch
Although nymphs (immature bedbugs) can be much smaller, an adult bedbug is about a quarter of an inch long, oval, flat and reddish brown.
about the size of a grain of sand

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How many eggs can a female bedbug lay in a lifetime?
25,000
less than 100
500
A female bedbug can lay about 500 eggs in a lifetime.
millions

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How long do bedbugs live?
5 years
15 months
10 to 11 months
Although they may live a little longer under special circumstances, your average bedbug lives 10 to 11 months.
10 years under the right conditions

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