Pest Test Issue 46: August & September 2016

Read through our articles on Ant alert (page 15), Bed bugs still a tough nut to crack (pages 21 to 23), Bed bugs have favourite colours (page 25) and Turning up the heat (pages 26 & 27) and answer these questions:

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1: What is the size of the largest Lasius neglectus colony yet discovered in the UK?
Just under 10 ha 10 ha precisely
Over 10 ha More than 15 ha
2: Which of the following is NOT listed by Clive Boase as a means of identifying a Lasius neglectus infestation?
Uniformly dark brown ants Very aggressive ants
Ants that are slightly smaller than L niger Ants that are active indoors and out
3: Which of the following is NOT recommended by David Lilly as a means of overcoming super resistant bed bugs?
Use non-chemical treatment like a vacuum cleaner Double the dose of your chemical treatment
Use an insecticide with piperonyl butoxide Use a silicate-based product
4: Which colours do bed bugs prefer?
Reds and blacks Reds and whites
Reds and yellows Reds and greens
5: Why do the scientists think bed bugs were attracted to red colours?
Red is the colour of blood They liked the smell of the red card
They like all bright colours They associate red with the presence of other bed bugs
6: What temperature do you need to reach to kill all stages of the bed bug’s life cycle?
Around 45ºC Around 65ºC
Around 55ºC Around 75ºC

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