Bug Facts

  • 95% of all the animal species on the earth are insects!
  • Over one million species have been discovered by scientists, and they think that there might be ten times that many that haven’t been named yet!
  • There are thirty-five thousand kinds of ants in the world.
  • There are sixty species of ants in North America.
  • Wood ants squirt acid from the end of their abdomens.
  • Wood ant workers live seven to ten years.
  • The queen ant has wings.
  • Ants have two stomachs, one for them, and one to feed others.
  • Some ants sleep seven hours a day.
  • The queen ant licks the eggs to make them hatch.
  • The queen feeds her eggs her own saliva.
  • The heaviest insect in the world is the Goliath beetle from Africa. A big male can weigh up to 100 grams.
  • The firefly belongs to the beetle family.
  • There are over 2,000 species of fireflies living in the tropical and temperate regions.
  • There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide and 400 which live in North America.
  • A female ladybug will lay more than 1,000 eggs in her lifetime.
  • Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds and other predators won’t eat them.
  • Some wood beetles can emerge from wood where they live after as long as 40 years.
  • A tagged Monarch butterfly was released near Ontario, Canada and was recovered 4 months later in Angangueo, Mexico. The straight line distance between these two sites is 2,133 miles.
  • Female Queen Alexandra butterflies from Papua and New Guinea are the largest in the world, some with wingspans larger than 26 cm.
  • The atlas moth, one of the largest silk moths, can be mistaken for a medium-sized bat when flying.
  • One species of moth lives entirely on cow tears.
  • Cockroaches’ favorite food is the glue on envelopes and on the back of postage stamps.
  • A German cockroach can survive a month or more without food…but less than two weeks without water.
  • A cockroach can live for nine days without its head.
  • One female cockroach can produce two million offspring in one year. An average breeding session produces 35,0000 offspring.
  • The house fly “hums” in the key of F.
  • Flies like heat, light, and low wind.
  • Adult flies live for about a month and produce 500 to 2,000 eggs in their life.
  • Flies are attracted by odors, and usually enter a building through open doors and windows near garbage and food.
  • Deer flies will bite a hole in your skin with their strong mandibles, put a little saliva-like material in the wound to keep the blood from clotting and lap up the blood with a sponge-like proboscis.
  • Beginning with one pair of house flies in April, there would be a total of 191,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies by August if all the descendants of this pair lived and reproduced normally.
  • Most mosquitoes remain within one mile of their breeding site.
  • The fastest known insect is a dragonfly that has been clocked at 58┬ákilometers an hour.
  • Dragonfly larvae use their jet butts to help them catch and eat up to 300 mosquito larvae a day.
  • The song of the field cricket is temperature dependent; the tone and tempo drop with the drop in temperature. Count the chirps in 13 seconds, add 40, and you will have the approximate temperature in degrees.
  • The male cicada may be the loudest insect known. The mating sound can be heard as far as 440 yards.
  • A centipede in southern Europe has 177 pairs of legs.
  • Some species of mayfly’s eggs can take up to three years to hatch. Then have a lifespan of about 6 hours.
  • One out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
  • Bed bugs are found in all 50 states.
  • Termites do more damage to homes in the south than hurricanes, tornadoes and fires combined!
  • Your homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage.
  • Roach allergens are the #1 cause of childhood asthma.
  • Less than 3% of U.S. pest control companies have qualified to be designated as Quality ProCertified.