Weird Facts on Pests and Insects

Spider silk is used for the cross hairs and sighting in various engineering and lab instruments, and for sights in scopes of rifles.

Spiders and snakes are the most feared species on earth.

Forensic entomologists use maggots that are found on bodies to help figure out the time line of death.

Carpenter ants get their name from chewing into wood and leaving behind piles of sawdust surrounding the entrance to their nest.

Cockroaches have been on earth for over 350 million years, and have lived through famine, floods, fire, trips to space and even nuclear testing.

7 – 8% of the population has an allergy to cockroaches.

Fleas have killed more people than every war man has ever been in. The Black Death killed a quarter of Europe’s population, caused by germs that were transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas.

12 cockroaches can survive on the paste found on the back of a postage stamp.

The pest control service industry services 12 million households each year.

Termites create around $800 million in damage every year, more than fires, storms and earthquakes all combined.

A female mouse is in heat every 4 to 5 days.

In 6 months, 2 mice can eat nearly 4 pounds of food and leave over 18,000 droppings.