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 kilometers 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.
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