Bedbugs: How much do we really know about this reinvading enemy?

(Illustration: Robert Meganck)

For generations, Americans have playfully said, "Night, night, don't let the bedbugs bite."

We could say it lightly because we thought we had won that war decades ago and had made bedbugs a plague of the past.

But in recent years, the bedbug army has reinvaded America.

And no town, no city, no home is safe.

Now, after fighting back against the disgusting little creeps, what do we really know about this enemy?

Can bedbugs fly?

Which insects reproduce more quickly, house flies or bedbugs?

What diseases do bedbugs transmit to humans?

Which sprays work best to eliminate bedbugs?

How do they travel?

When and where are they most likely to bite?

Find out how much you know at Scientific American: Top 10 Myths about Bedbugs [Slide Show]