Educational Exhibit: Spinning Wheel - Questions

Find spinning wheel questions about Pests, Pest Control, and Mr. Yuk broken down by difficulty level, so everyone—kids, teens, and adults—can participate.
Educational Exhibit: Spinning Wheel - Questions - Articles




Q: What is a pest?
A: A pest is something that is not wanted. Any animal, plant, insect, fungus, mold, etc. that is unwanted or causes damage.

Q: Have you ever had a pest in your house? What was it? If not, what pests could be found around your home?
A: Mouse in the house, Ants in the Kitchen, Dandelion in the yard, Mold in the basement, etc.


Q: Are pests only animals?
A: No, pests can be animals but also insects, weeds, fungi, mold, and mildew.


Q: Some creatures are considered pests to some people, but also help to control other pests. Do you know they are called?
A: Beneficial Insects

Q: Give an example of a beneficial insect that others may consider a pest.
A: Bats, spiders, snakes, ladybugs

Pest Control


Q: How can you get pests out of your home?
A: (Accept anything that makes sense-even a foot can be a mechanical control.)


Q: A mechanical control is a device used to control pests. If you have a mouse in your house and use mechanical controls, which of the following would that be?

  1. Mouse Trap
  2. Cat
  3. D-Con

Q: A biological control is something that is a natural predator to the pest. If you have a mouse in your house and use biological control, which of the following would that be?

  1. Mouse Trap
  2. Cat
  3. D-Con

Q: A chemical control is using a pesticide to control pests. If you have a mouse in your house and use chemical controls, which of the following would that be?

  1. Mouse Trap
  2. Cat
  3. D-Con


Q: Yes or No: All pesticides (the chemical control for pests) come in liquid form.
A: No. Can come in granular, solid, spray, dusts, etc.

Q: Chemical pesticide controls come in many forms. Name two.
A: Pesticides can come in liquid, granular, solid, dusts, pellets, gels, etc.

Q: A fly swatter is an example of what type of control?

  1. Mechanical Control
  2. Biological Control
  3. Chemical Control

Q: If a bug spray contains DEET, is it a pesticide?
A: Yes. DEET is an active chemical ingredient. Use bug spray carefully and make sure a grownup helps you properly apply the product.

Mr. Yuk


Q: What does Mr. Yuk represent?
A: Mr. Yuk's scowling green face is a warning for people, especially children, that a product has a level of danger, called toxicity, and to stay away from it. Mr. Yuk also contains the National Poison Control Center phone number.

Q: What number does every Mr. Yuk sticker contain?
A: Mr. Yuk stickers contain the national phone number for the Poison Control Center.


Q: What is the national toll-free number for the Poison Control Center?
A: 1-800-222-1222. This is a national number that automatically transfers you to your
regional Poison Control Center.

Q: If you call the 1-800 number on the Mr. Yuk sticker who would you reach?
A: The closest regional Poison Control Center to you.


Q: When is the Poison Control Center open?
A: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year

Q: Should you call the Poison Control Center even if you just suspect that you might have consumed, touched, or inhaled a harmful substance?
A: Absolutely! The Poison Control Center should be called no matter what. They can provide symptoms to be aware of and what to do next

What is a Pollinator?

For younger kids

Q: Which of the following is a pollinator

  1. a bee
  2. dog?

A: Bee

Q: Is a butterfly a pollinator?

  1. Yes
  2. No

A: Yes

Q: Is a cat a pollinator?

  1. Yes
  2. No

A: No.

For older kids

Q: Do you know what a pollinator is?
A: A pollinator is any insect, animal, or bird that carries pollen form one flower to another helping to carry out the process of fertilization.

Q: Can you give me an example of a pollinator?
A: Possible answers could include: Honeybees, Bumblebees, Wasps, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Moths, Bats, Beetles, Ants, Flies,

Q: Why are pollinators important?
A: A pollinator moves pollen from flower to flower (or plant to plant) in order for the flower to fertilize and produce fruit and seeds.

Pollinator Foods

For younger kids

Q: Do you like any of the following foods: Apples, Blueberries, Peaches, Pears, Melons, French Fries (Potatoes), Chocolate?
A: When they say ask yes, inform them that we are able to enjoy these foods because of pollinators, so thank a pollinator!

For older kids

Q: How much of the food supply is attributed to pollinators?

  1. 1 out of every 3 bites of food
  2. 1 out of every 10 bites of food
  3. 1 out of every 13 bites of food

Q: There are many crops grown worldwide for food, beverages, fibers, and medicine. What percentages of these crops require the help of pollinators?

  1. 25%
  2. 50%
  3. 75%

Q: Do you know any foods that are produced with the assistance of pollinators?
A: Honey, Apples, Blueberries Peaches, Pears, Melons, French Fries (Potatoes), Chocolate, Coffee

Protecting Pollinators

For young kids

Q: We put Mr. Yuk on pesticides. What does Mr. Yuk mean?
A: Stay away! Do not eat, drink, smell, or touch anything with a Mr. Yuk on.

Q: Have you ever seen Mr. Yuk before?
A: If yes, ask them what Mr. Yuk means. If no, tell them that Mr. Yuk means "Poisonous! Stay away!" Instruct them to get Mr. Yuk stickers if available or visit the Pennsylvania Pesticide Education Website to learn about how to get stickers.

For older kids

Q: There are many different ways to control pests, including pesticides. Which of the following type of control do pesticides fall under?

  1. Biological
  2. Chemical
  3. Mechanical

Q: Which of the following can you do to protect pollinators from pesticides?

  1. Limit the use of pesticides
  2. Choose the least toxic type of pesticide first
  3. Avoid flowering periods
  4. Spray at the Right Time of Day
  5. All of the above

Q: When is the best time to spray pesticides to protect pollinators?

  1. Afternoon when pollinators are most active
  2. Evening when pollinators are least active