Teacher’s Questions for Bedbugs
- Describe what you know about bedbugs.
- Why are bedbugs a problem for people?
- Have bedbugs always been as numerous as they are today? When and why did the bedbug population decrease? When and why did it increase?
- Name two harmful bacteria that bedbugs carry. Name another species that carries the bacteria.
- Explain what causes a bedbug bite to swell and itch.
- List five places where bedbugs can live.
- Do bedbugs need humans to live? Name three other creatures that the pests feed on.
- How often do bedbugs feed?
- How do bedbugs find people to feed on? What two smells don’t attract bedbugs?
- Describe two ways that bedbugs communicate with each other using chemicals.
- List three ways to get rid of bedbugs once they’re in your home.
- Other than finding the bedbugs themselves, what are two things you can look for when searching for evidence of the pests?
- If you were a scientist studying bedbugs, would you let them feed on you for research purposes? Explain why or why not.
- Can you think of another tiny creature found in human beds that also causes an allergic reaction in many people? Hint: It doesn’t feed on human blood, but rather our dead skin scales (dander) that flake off!
- Do you think hotels should have to disclose whether they’ve ever had bedbugs? Would you stay at a hotel that had bedbugs 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year ago?