All Creatures Great and Small

Insect facts

Okay, here are some interesting bug facts. They are, in reality, very interesting little souls. First, cockroaches have been on this planet 80 million years before the dinosaurs showed up. No matter how much pesticide we use to destroy the environment, the cockroaches will always be here. Also, a cockroach can live up to 3 weeks without its head. Imagine humans walking around and trying to do anything without a head. Well some politicians do that.

On an average, only 1 out of every 1000 mosquitoes carries a disease that can be fatal to humans. We probably spent a lot of money studying this. So, spraying for mosquitoes all over the place is not only not very effective, it is ridiculous.

If you weighed all of the termites on the planet and weighed all of the humans, the termites would be 10 times heavier than the people.

Only one insect can actually turn its head and that is the praying mantis. Not so good when they are having sex as the female will often bite the male’s head off and eat it. The male continues to have headless sex.

The life span of an adult mayfly is about 8 hours.

Insects that sing usually do so with their wings or legs, but some species of moths have singing penises. Male moths equipped with a singing penis perch with their genitals exposed to project their unique song. These singing sex organs are able to produce nearly pure tone ultrasonic signals. Hawk moths do this, not to entertain female moths, but to confuse bats so they don’t know where they are.

Finally, the giant Gippsland earthworm (not an insect) in Australia averages 3 feet long but can reach 9 feet long.


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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