Amazing Household Pest Facts You Never Knew
Fun and Interesting Home Pest Facts
The pesky home pest that we come across in our home can be annoying. Every so often, they surprise us by ending up in our morning cereal, or they can creep up on us unexpectedly. However, you may be stunned to know that some of the most dreaded pests have some astonishing facts about them. Some pests have intriguing facts that would have never entered your mind. So here are just a few.
Did you know that home pest ants are bodybuilders? No, not actually, but an ant is incredibly strong. You will be stunned to know that the ant is one of the world’s strongest creature in comparison to its size. Ant’s also can carry 50 times their body weight, and when ants work collectively, they can carry massive objects.
- There are 12,000 distinct species of ants.
- Ants are the longest living insect.
- Their on every continent except Antarctica
Net Geo kids also has some interesting facts on ants for you to check out.
The infamous cockroach, what a home pest. We all are aware of the health risks that a cockroach infestation can bring. They can flare allergies, leave droppings, spread bacteria, and more. Most people, when they see one, immediately can’t resist the urge to stomp one out.
However, did you know that they can still survive without their head? Yes, cockroaches can live up to a week headless, this is a result of their open circulatory system. Their body contains little holes that they breathe through. They only die because they don’t have their mouth to drink water.
- Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes.
- They originated more than 280 million years ago.
- They can survive without food for one month.
- Worldwide more than 4,000 species of cockroaches exist.
You can find even more cockroach facts here.
If a tick has ever made you their victim, you might have noticed how difficult it is to remove it. PetMD asserts that ticks secrete a glue-like sticky substance that helps them to stick to their host. This home pest substance is called cementum. Cementum enables the ticks feeding tube to stick and stay attached to the host. Ewww, talk about an unbreakable bond.
- Ticks are related to spiders.
- It takes three years for a tick to mature.
- There are almost 900 tick species.
- Ticks have four life span stages, egg, larva, nymph and adult.
Bed bugs are survivors and can thrive for several months without feeding on blood. This home pest can lounge around anywhere, including bags, furniture, and clothes, until they find another human host again. Because of this, they are almost indestructible by standardized measures, and professional pest control experts may be needed.
- Bed bugs are most active at night.
- 50% of the population suffer reactions and others don’t realize they were bit.
- Bed bugs can’t fly or jump.
Rodents (Rats and Mice)
Rats are sweethearts, meaning they are very social and enjoy companionship. According to One Kind Planet, rats typically love to be around other rats, and when one becomes injured, they offer care. What’s even unusual is that like humans, rats can become sad and depressed.
- When playing rats can make a “laughter” sound
- Rats can go longer than a camel without drinking water.
- Rats memory are exceptional, and they can navagate well.
- When rats are happy they grind their teeth and their eye vibrate.
Silverfish are little pest with scales that enables them to move sort of like a fish. According to Wikipedia, their mating ritual can seem a bit unusual. It’s a three-phase process that entails antenna’s touching, the male getting chased by the female, and finally, the male laying a sperm that the female takes in.
- Presumably been around since dinosaurs.
- They can’t fly (no wings).
- Silverfish have an average life span of 3-6 years.
There are so many species of spiders with unique characteristics. Some species of spiders use unique ways to capture prey. For instance, Bolas spiders use a long line of silk ended with a spot of sticky glue (a bolas), swinging it at nearby moths to catch them, much like a fishing line.
- The salticids (jumping spiders) have a wide range of vision and can see more than the human eye.
- Some spiders are solitary, while others prefer a community and build giant communal cobwebs.
- Spider web silk is stronger and more robust than steel.
Termites (White Ants)
The most common home pest Termites are known as “silent destroyers” from their ability to eat wood undetected. Even after all that burrowing, and digging they do not sleep. They can live up to 2 years, which is their life span.
- Termites support the environment by helping to decompose plants.
- Only the King and Queen of a colony can see.
- Queens can lay an astounding 30,000 eggs a day.
As creepy and weird, some of these pests can be, they are fascinating. Who would have known that rats are affectionate or that cockroaches can live even without their head? Even though these critters may ruin or invade our personal space, one can not deny that they are quite remarkable.
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