The Ultimate Bug Zapper Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

A Citronella candle may repel bugs.


How does a bug zapper actually kill bugs?

The bug zapper electrocutes the pests.


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

To protect users from touching the electrified parts, the bug zapper's housing may have a grid design.


What attracts insects to the bug zapper?

Light bulbs are used to attract insects.


What electrifies the bug zapper?

A transformer increases the voltage from 120-volts to at least 2,000 -volts.


What type of light may be better seen by insects?

Some insects see ultraviolet light the best.


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

In just one night, a bug zapper may kill more than 10,000 bugs.


Why are bug zappers ineffective against mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are not attracted to the ultraviolent light that bug zappers use to lure bugs to their demise.


What is a criticism of bug zappers?

Many harmless insects are needlessly killed, and this needless loss of insect life may harm nearby ecosystems.


Why are mosquitoes attracted to humans?

Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide in human breath and sweat.


What is essential for mosquito control?

The destruction of female mosquitoes and their eggs is essential for mosquito control.


Why is standing water detrimental to mosquito control?

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so if there is no standing water the female mosquitoes must go elsewhere to lay their eggs.


What is the use of malathion?

Malathion is a pesticide that is toxic to mosquito larvae and mosquitoes.


What type of pesticide is recommended for human use?

DEET is used to repel most ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects.


Where does citronella oil come from?

Citronella oil is derived from the leaves and stems of several plants.


How should you apply spray-on insect repellant?

For proper usage, follow the product's directions.


What is use of Octenol?

Used to attract mosquitoes, Octenol is a non-toxic, pesticide free pheromone.


When do municipalities spray with malathion?

To control mosquitoes, a large-scale spray with malathion is done in the spring and summer.


What is a broad-spectrum insect repellent?

A broad-spectrum insect repellant may work to repel a wide range of insects.


What are mosquito larvae?

Larvae emerge from mosquito eggs.


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