Earlier this year we’ve debunked many commonly believed pest control myths on our blog. Click here and here to refresh your memory. Now, as the year is coming to an end, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite interesting (and true!) facts about insects and pests. Read on to learn more and then give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Cockroaches can live up to a week without its head. They would survive for longer than that except, without the ability to drink water, they die of thirst.
…and they’re fast
A cockroach can run up to three miles per hour!
Ants do not chew their food in the traditional sense. Instead, they move their jaws sideways, similar to a pair of scissors.
Cricket’s ears on located on the front of their legs, just below the knees.
Rats are well-known scavengers. In fact, every year they contaminate enough food to feed two hundred million people.
…but they don’t live long
Most rats die before they turn one year old.
Termites love rock music! In fact, they eat through wood two times faster when rocking out to some tunes.
The common housefly has taste buds on its feet.
Bees may fly up to sixty miles in a day.
…and they kill their queens
Well, not maliciously. When a honey bee queen begins to die, she emits a pheromone that makes her smell unrecognizable to the colony bees and they will kill her.
Fleas may be tiny, but they can jump up to one hundred and thirty times their height.
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Cockroaches have a tendency to elicit screaming and jumping on tables, and for good reason! Cockroaches are creepy and disgusting and are typically found in homes that are unsanitary (even though we know that they can make appearances in even the cleanest of homes). However, there are a number of insects that are often mistaken for cockroaches, including the water bug. There are many ways that the water bug differs from the cockroach, though. Read on to learn more:
Water Bug Characteristics
- Water bugs are generally bigger in size than a cockroach. A water bug is, on average, about two inches long.
- Water bugs have short antennae. Cockroaches are often identified by their very long antennae, almost the length of their body, as well as their six legs covered with spines.
- Water bugs can hold their breath for a long time and live and hunt prey in water. A cockroach prefers land and is typically found in dark, moist spaces.
- Water bugs are known for their ability to hunt down their food. In fact, once they’ve captured their prey, the water bug will inject it with an enzyme that liquefies its insides so they can suck out the liquid. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are scavengers and subsist on food and garbage that they find.
- Water bugs are known to bite if they are handled or feel threatened. Cockroaches are known to stay away from people and will hide if approached.
- Water bugs can fly and will do so from one body of water to another. Cockroaches can fly but they’re not particularly adept at it.
- Finally, and maybe most important, cockroaches spread disease and can cause health issues whereas water bugs typically do not.
Our pest control technicians are experts at identifying cockroaches and differentiating them from other insects. If you think you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, please call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home estimate!