How much do you know about bed bugs? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz below:
True or False:
- Bed bugs feed on human and animal blood.
- Bed bugs don’t need to eat for several months.
- Bed bugs are often confused with other insects, especially fleas.
- Bed bugs can transmit several diseases to both humans and animals.
- Bed bugs can be found throughout each state in the U.S.
- Bed bugs are generally active at night.
- Bed bugs live in kitchens near sugary foods and pasta.
- Bed bugs are easy to treat.
- Bed bugs can lay up to 100 eggs each day.
- After a bed bug eats, it changes from brown to a red or purplish color.
Before we get to the answers below, take a minute to learn a few additional facts about the life cycle of bed bugs.
Life Cycle of Bed Bugs
Female bed bugs mate and lay tiny white, oval-shaped eggs in small crevices. Estimates vary, but females can lay up to 250-500 eggs in a lifetime. After 6-10 days, the eggs hatch and small nymphs emerge. They seek food blood from animals or humans. Nymphs molt their exoskeleton five times during their growth. The nymph typically stays in each of these five growth stages for a week or more. While growing, nymphs can feed as little as once every few weeks or as often as every day. Each feeding takes 5-10 minutes and is usually done at night when animals or humans are sleeping. Older nymphs can survive several months without food. Although estimates vary, the life span of adult bed bugs ranges from 4-12 months.
The image above is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services depicts the life cycle:
Now, let’s get back to the answers to our bed bug quiz.
- Bed bugs feed on human and animal blood. True
- Bed bugs don’t need to eat for several months. True
- Bed bugs are often confused with other insects, especially fleas. True
- Bed bugs can transmit several diseases to both humans and animals. False. While bed bugs may seem gross for several reasons, they don’t actually transmit diseases.
- Bed bugs are generally active at night. True
- Bed bugs can be found throughout each state in the U.S. True
- Bed bugs live in kitchens near sugary foods and pasta. False. Bed bugs live near people and animals, often in bedrooms.
- Bed bugs are easy to treat. False. Bed bugs are very difficult to eliminate and usually require a professional pest removal service.
- Bed bugs can lay up to 100 eggs each day. False. Thank goodness they only lay 1-5 eggs/day.
- After a bed bug eats, it changes from brown to a red or purplish color. True
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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/biology.html