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Appeared 250 million years ago on earth compared to humans only 4.5 million years ago. Termites can't digest their own food. Microscopic bacteria and protozoa in their guts do the digesting for them. Termites release over 150,000,000 tons of air polluting methane gas into the atmosphere every year. Termites are more closely related to roaches then ants. Termites can enter your home through cracks as thin as a credit card. Termite queens can live 15 to 25 years and can lay an egg every 15 seconds. Termite queens can live 15 to 25 years and can lay an egg every 15 seconds. Worker termites search for food up to 250 feet away from the colony. 9: there are as many as 1 million termite there are over 40 species of termites in the United States and over 2700 worldwide. Termites work 24 hours per day and never sleep.


Can live for several months without a blood meal. Can survive temperatures of nearly freezing to 122°. Bed bugs don't fly. Bed bugs are active at night and generally hide during the day. An individual bedbug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime. Bed bugs aren't attracted to dirt and grime but are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. Bed bug saliva has Anesthetic properties so that when they bite, their victims don't feel it. Bed bugs are hitchhikers, they depend on catching a ride with a host so that they can spread to other areas. Bedbugs can be as small as one stitch in a mattress. 11: Bed bugs are nearly impossible to vacuum up because they are coated with a sticky glue like substance.


For every human, there are about 1 million ants. Some ant species can carry weights of more than 100 times their own bodyweight. The largest ant colony ever found was 3750 miles long. Ants are the longest living of all insects, living for up to 30 years. The joys of a trap your aunt can shut at speeds of up to 140 mph and could exert forces 300 Times its own weight. There are over 12,000 species of ants. The ant is one of the world’s strongest creatures in relation to size. One ant species is the most venomous insect in the world. Dozens of colonies of the world’s smallest ant could live in the brain case of the world’s largest ant. Ants can move an estimated 50 tons of soil per year in one square mile.11: All worker, soldier and queen ants are female. Some ant species are asexual, they clone themselves and do not require any mails. Ants and humans are the only creatures that farm other creatures. Ants have two stomachs, one to hold food for themselves, and one for others. Some ant species make slaves out of another ant species. Ants can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Some ants can swim. Most ants can survive underwater for 24 hours. Ants sleep frequently and are often quite lazy. In many parts of the world, ants are eaten by humans as a delicacy. Ant’s worst enemies are not us but other ants


There are about 200 species of ticks in the United States. Ticks live in tall grass or shrubs and they do not jump or fly. Some species of ticks follow a host by foot until they can climb on them. Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water. Ticks can live anywhere from two months to two years depending on the species. Ticks are more closely related to spiders and scorpions then insects. There are more than 1000 species of ticks that can be found all over the world. Ticks can detect their hosts via body odor, temperature, moisture and vibration. Ticks prefer skin on the area of head, neck and ears because it is soft and can be penetrated easily. Ticks transmit numerous bacterial and viral diseases. Female ticks need to double their size before they are ready to lay eggs. Ticks produce around 2000 eggs in their lifetime.


Only female mosquitoes bite. There are more than 30,500 species of mosquitoes. Mosquito is Spanish for little fly. Mosquitoes don't have teeth. A mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water. Temperatures less than 50 degrees, most mosquitos hibernate. The average mosquito’s lifespan is less than two months, males usually live less than 10 days. Male mosquitoes locate females by the sound of their wings. Most mosquitoes can fly no more than 1 -3 miles and often stay within several hundred feet of where they were hatched. Top speed for a mosquito is about 1.5 mph. Mosquitoes generally fly below 25 feet. Mosquitoes can detect the carbon dioxide in a human’s breath. Mosquitoes use heat sensors around their mouthparts to detect the warmth of a human’s body. Mosquitoes feed day and night. Mosquitoes have been around for some 210 million years. Mosquitoes are considered the world’s deadliest animal in which they kill more than 1 million people every year. Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.


Cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting. Cockroaches give people allergies only second to house dust. A cockroach can live for a week without its head. They aren't dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The cockroach then dies of thirst for it can't drink water. A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes. Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles in an hour. Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days. A one day old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust. Can you run almost as fast as his parents? The world’s largest cockroach is 6 inches long with a 1 foot wingspan. Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago. There are more than 4000 species of cockroaches worldwide. A cockroach can with stand 10 times more radiation than a person. Cockroaches eat everything from plant matter to people food, dead skin cells, garbage and even feces. Cockroaches can travel at speeds of more than 3 mph. Two adult cockroaches can reproduce up to 54 cockroaches in three months. Cockroaches do not have the ability to move backwards.


21 million households each year have a rodent problem. Mice and rats can spread salmonella and carry disease causing parasites. A female mouse could have as many as 150 offspring in a year and can get pregnant again 24 hours after giving birth. Mice can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime. Rats can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter. Rodents can chew through wood and electrical wires increasing the risk of electrical fires. 50% of rodent problems occur in the kitchen. Mice are nocturnal and are more active at night then during the day. Rats are extremely clean pets and are among the most intelligent. They are ranked in the company of dolphins and chimpanzees. A rat’s sense of balance is very acute. Mice and rats teeth never stop growing. Rats can chew through hard substances like lead sheeting and cinderblocks. Rats can hold their breath for a long time and tread water for as long as three days. In big cities like New York, it is estimated of at least one rat for every man, woman and child. Mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Mice can jump a foot into the air. A mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day. A pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2000 descendants in a year. Rats eat their own feces, purely for the purely for the nutritional value. A rat can fall as far as 50 feet and land uninjured. Rats do not sweat.