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Bug Facts

All insects are bugs but not all bugs are insects. An insect has three body parts a head, thorax, and an abdomen. Insects have six legs and two antennae. Spiders and scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects. Got it?

Mosquitos

  • There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States
  • The average mosquito takes in about 5 millionths of a liter of blood during feeding
  • Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour
  • Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid. Active of fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid
  • Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes
  • Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes
  • Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitoes – as is Limburger cheese
  • Dark Clothing attracts mosquitoes
  • A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study
  • A male mosquito will never bite you. Only the females bite
  • Mosquitoes must dilute the blood of their victim with their saliva before they can drink it. It is the saliva that causes the bite to itch
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Fleas

Of the 1,830 varieties of fleas, the champion jumper is the cat flea. It has been known to leap to a height of 34 inches. That’s like a 100 lb. person leaping so fast and so high (over 100 feet!) that the g force he/she was enduring made he/she feel as if they weighed 20,000 lbs.! Relatively, fleas take off with greater acceleration than the Space Shuttle.

Mice & Rats

A female house mouse gives birth to 6 young about 19 days after mating. She is ready to mate again in two days. She can produce 60 to 100 litters a year. Each of her young is ready to mate in two months. Remarkably, all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren can have offspring in the same year. Two mice, starting to breed on New Year’s Day, could theoretically have as many as 31,000 descendants by December 31.

Rats can jump 3 feet straight up, and four feet outwards, from a standing position. They can burrow three feet straight down into the ground; chew through building materials, glass, and cinder block; swim 1/2 mile in open water and against current in sewer lines; and, climb up inside the pipes with diameters between 1-1/2 and 4 inches. A rat’s teeth are so strong; it can bite through aluminum, lead and other metals.

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Ladybugs

  • A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime
  • Ladybugs chew from side to side and not up and down like people do
  • A gallon jar will hold from 72,000- to 80,000 ladybugs

Scorpions & Ticks

  • Scorpions can live for more than a year without eating
  • Mites and Ticks are Arachnids (they have eight legs) and are related to the spider and scorpion

Fireflies & Beetles

  • Lightning bugs or Fireflies are not true bugs or flies. They are actually beetles
  • Beetles are one of the most popular pets in Japan and can be bought in many department stores

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