Fun Bug Facts – Did You Know?

Bugs and Pests Woodstock GAIf you are a regular follower of the Protect All Pest Control Facebook page, then you may have seen our periodic “Fun Bug Facts”. Some people have even remarked “Where do y’all find these things?” Well we are pest control professionals and just KNOW these things. It’s our job.

Here are some of our favorites –

Ants

  • After mating, queen ants lose their wings and never fly again.
  • Ants are able communicate with each other about danger and directions to food.
  • Fire ants currently infest 14 states in the southern portion of the U.S. and first entered the United States in the 1920’s through the port of Mobile, Alabama.
  • Ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the United States.
  • 56% of homeowners surveyed said they have had a problem with ants in the past year.

Bed Bugs

  • Bed bug hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.
  • It doesn’t matter if a room is dirty or clean. Bed bugs only care about a dark hole to hide in and access to humans.
  • Bed bugs are now found in all 50 states
  • The use of DDT nearly wiped out bed bugs at the end of WW II but experts believe that the ban of DDT in 1972 has contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs.
  • In addition to being found in beds, bed bugs can also be found in carpets, under wallpaper, behind baseboards, and in small cracks and crevices throughout a room.

Beetles

  • Japanese beetles winter underground.
  • It can take up to 3 years for a varied carpet beetle to grow from an egg to an adult, and adults only live between 13-44 days.
  • A firefly (or lightening bug) is not a fly at all – it is really a beetle.
  • One in every four animals on earth is a beetle.
  • Merchant grain beetles prefer to attack boxes of cake mix, cereal, macaroni and cookies rather than grain, as their name implies.

Cockroaches

  • American cockroaches can produce 6-14 egg capsules, each containing 14-16 eggs each, in one mating season.
  • Cockroaches can live without food for one month, but will only survive a week without water.
  • The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
  • 1 in 4 people are sensitive to cockroaches.
  • In 2005, more people in the South mentioned having problems with cockroaches (26%) than anywhere else in the country.

We have plenty more that we will share in the future, but in the meantime if you have your own pest control problems contact Protect All Pest Control. We service the areas of Acworth, Kennesaw, Woodstock, and surrounding areas. Call us at 770-728-8520 or us the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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