New York State IPM Program

Test Your Bed-Bug IQ

Test your bed-bug knowledge — and no peeking at the answer key.

A. Which diseases do bed bugs spread?

  1. A. Hepatitis
  2. B. AIDs
  3. C. Malaria
  4. D. None
  5. E. Meningitis

B. How long might I need to leave my house for, so bed bugs will starve?

  1. A. A week

    From egg to adult, well-fed bed bugs (top) and hungry bed bugs (bottom)

    From egg to adult, well-fed bed bugs (top) and hungry bed bugs (bottom) Photo credit Allison Taisey

  2. B. Two weeks
  3. C. A month
  4. D. Two months
  5. E. As long as five months

C. What do bites from bed bugs look (and feel) like?

  1. A. Big red welts; painfully itchy
  2. B. So tiny you hardly see them; not painful
  3. C. Always in rows on the skin; itchy
  4. D. Mosquito bites; itchy
  5. E. It depends

D. What besides blood do bed bugs feed on?

  1. A. Sawdust left by carpenter ants and other wood-feeing insects
  2. B. Nothing else
  3. C. Fibers in mattresses, sheets, and pajamas
  4. D. Skin cells cast off as we sleep
  5. E. Pet food left out overnight

Answers: A: 4. (none, though some people are allergic, developing painful, sleep-depriving skin rashes and — rarely —anaphylaxis) B: 5. (some old reports say “a year or more,” but that’s outdated info)  C: 5. (it depends; some people don’t react at all) D. 2 (nothing else — regardless what you find on some websites)

 

Author: Mary M. Woodsen

Pests and pesticides — both can cause harm. How can we protect ourselves the least-toxic way? IPM is the sound, sensible, science-based approach that works wherever you do. The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program develops and offers tested tactics for pests new and old, whether on farms, offices, orchards, schools, parks, vineyards, more.... Wherever you find pests, you find IPM.

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