As of 2013 there are over 10,000 known ant species, more than 20,000 species worldwide. With this fact in mind it is no surprise that 30% of homeowners listed ants as their main pest concern according to research conducted in 2013, making them the most prevalent pest nationwide.
Ants are social insects and form highly organized colonies with up to millions of members each having a role. Spotting one ant unfortunately signifies that the troops are somewhere close by.
Homeowners should particularly watch out for fire and carpenter ants. Fire ants, are vicious and can sting repeatedly if disturbed. Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet or damaged by mold and can build tunnels through dry, undamaged wood causing costly property damage.
Here are some tips for minimizing invasion by ants:
Keep wood and debris away from exterior siding.
Keep kitchen clean: seal containers, wipe counters frequently, empty the garbage religiously, and avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
Seal up cracks and small openings along bottom of the house.
Store sugar, syrup, honey, baked goods, and other sweets in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from their exterior surfaces.
Let’s first start out by discussing what metamorphosis is. It is characterized by a major change in the form or structure of some animal or insect. The type of metamorphosis can be divided into two broad categories: usually simple and complete. Complete metamorphosis will occur with insects such as beetles, moths and wasps characterized by four distinct life stages.
Simple metamorphosis is slightly complicated. It is defined by three sub-categories including incomplete, gradual and no metamorphosis. Incomplete metamorphosis is classified into three distinct life stages of which include egg, naiad and adult. Naiads in this stage live in aquatic environments and have gills to “breathe” underwater.
Gradual metamorphosis is more common and seen in everyday pests like roaches, termites and bed bugs. It still includes three distinct life stages of egg, adult and nymphs.
Now, silverfish are the exception. They undergo no metamorphosis at all. There stages typically look the same as adults as they do when they are immature. They will feed on the same food and are encountered in the same environments. There body structure goes through no significant changes during development. The only real difference between the stages of immaturity to adult are the size and ability to reproduce.
So to make the answer short, silverfish go through no metamorphosis at all.
This article was quite funny that we had to share it with some of our viewers. Here is 4 celebrity insect lookalikes…Can you take a guess as to who they might be?
*Answers (1) Andy Rooney (2) Kenny Rogers (3) George Washington (4) Billy Idol
All bugs may seem equally repellant, but the truth is, especially this Valentines Day, that some insects are worthy of some appreciation. Below, Northwest lists some insects that are actually beneficial.
1. Ladybugs. If you hope to present your true love with a dozen homegrown roses this Valentine’s Day, ladybugs can help. They’re beloved by gardeners around the world for their voracious appetite for aphids. Certainly, aphids aren’t damaging enough to necessitate a call for residential pest control. Still, they give most people the heebie-jeebies – not exactly the ideal emotion for the year’s most romantic holiday. Keep your rose bushes delightfully aphid-free by encouraging ladybug populations.
2. Dragonflies. Picture this: You’ve just finished a delectable picnic dinner, the special Valentine’s wine is making things look a bit rosy, and your beloved is giving you that old come-hither look, when SLAP! A rude mosquito-induced interruption sends you inside, to far less romantic environs. Nothing kills a romantic mood quite like a swarm of miniature flying vampires. The plus side? Nothing kills mosquitoes quite like dragonflies. These beneficial pests hover near open water, where mosquitoes tend to breed. So, if you must have that romantic water feature in your backyard romantic retreat, practice green pest control by allowing dragonflies to flourish. That way, nearby mosquito populations will be kept in check.
4. Fireflies. Falling in love can seem like discovering your own private glow – just ask fireflies. These perpetually love-struck insects use their glowing rear ends to attract mates. Furthermore, fireflies help set the perfect romantic mood for twilight rendezvous.
5. Crickets. If fireflies light the stage for love, crickets provide the soundtrack. Male crickets make aural overtures of love. By rubbing their legs together, they also sound a warning note to competing males. Lastly, male crickets sing a special celebratory song after mating.
7. Praying Mantis. Because they devour leafhoppers, caterpillars, mosquitoes, mites, aphids and insect eggs, praying mantis are the darlings of green thumbs everywhere. Like many of the pests on this list, praying mantis can be ordered through gardening catalogues or your local pest control company.
Ants to birds, roaches to bees, pests torment everyone. They sting, bite, destroy things and carry diseases. We have selected some of the peskiest creatures you’re liable to come across and offer tips on how you can safely get rid of them.
1: Superbugs: Overuse of antibiotics has developed this relatively new pest, resistant to almost all antibiotics.
2: Rats: They are the largest single group of mammals on earth. Rats damage buildings by making nests out of insulations, they chew on electrical wires and cause fires.
3: Mosquitoes: Female mosquitoes will feed on animal and human blood, and in turn transmit diseases like malaria, dengue and west nile virus.
4: Pigeons: They can carry diseases that can inflict humans with weak immune systems, but their mess is their worst offense. Droppings deface buildings and can inflict long-term architectural harm.
5: Roaches: These guys just need a crack in the wall to carry germs into a home.
6: Ants: Ants are more a nuisance than anything else and came creep up through drains.
7: Flies: Adult houseflies help themselves to your food and drink and defecate on your meal. In order to digest solid foods, they turn it into liquid by regurgitating it. These unsanitary habits transmit diseases.
8: Bedbugs: These critters like to crawl in your bed at night. Bed bugs are parasitic insects the feed exclusively on blood.