Pest Fact Quiz
Take this pest quiz to see how much you know about the secret lives of the critters that may be living with you.
Simply read the question, think of the answer, and click the link to test your knowledge.
What pest has fossils dating back to the dinosaurs?
ANSWER: Cockroaches have fossils that date back 350 million years. These ancient insects walked on the earth long before humans.
Dating back to the dinosaurs, cockroaches have six legs, wings and antennae.
What pest can live without food?
ANSWER: Cockroaches can live for a month without any food, but they can only live for two weeks without water.
What pest can jump the highest compared to its body size?
ANSWER: Fleas — these tiny insects can jump 150 times as high as their body length. They like to live on cats, dogs, humans
and rodents. Jumping from animal to animal, these pests are attracted to their new homes by body heat.
Is the old rhyme "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" a myth?
ANSWER: Bed bugs are real insects that like to make their homes in human beds and feed on human blood at night. These tiny bugs
hide in cracks in and around human environments and are very difficult to spot.
True or false: A tick is more like an insect than a spider.
ANSWER: False — ticks are more like spiders than insects. While most insects have three body regions, ticks only have one
What pest can burrow straight into the ground?
ANSWER: Rats! Rats are clever pests that are capable of digging three feet straight into the ground. They have also been known to
chew through building materials such as glass, cinderblock, wire, aluminum and lead and climb inside pipes with diameters between one-half and four inches.
What pest can live without drinking water?
ANSWER: House mice do not need to drink water to survive. They get all the nutrition they need from food. These mice prefer eating
nuts, grains and sweets and are not particularly fond of cheese!
What pest will chase people if it feels threatened?
ANSWER: The Africanized honey bee, also known as the " killer" bee, will pursue its attacker for over a quarter mile if it
What type of pest can lay one egg every fifteen seconds for the majority of their life?
ANSWER: A queen underground termite lives to produce eggs. Worker termites build nests, gather food and protect the colony while
the queen has babies.
What pest has a boiling-hot response when attacked?
ANSWER: The bombardier beetle can shoot boiling chemicals at its attacker if it feels like it is in danger. The spray is extremely
smelly and can reach temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius.
What pest is considered to be a delicious food in Asia?
ANSWER: In Singapore, 2-inch long termite queens are considered a delicacy. They can be served live, dipped in alcohol or in rice