Interesting Facts about Pests

July 28, 2015

Many of the insect and animal pests that we deal with on a daily basis have lousy reputations especially when they are invading your home, garden or lawn.  Amazingly, however, there are some very interesting and remarkable facts about these pests that might be intriguing to know. Here are just a few of the fun facts about your most dreaded pests.

Raccoons – A raccoon’s hands are so nimble they can unlace a shoe, unlatch a cage and deftly retrieve coins as thin as dimes from your shirt pocket.

Cockroaches – A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head. They also can live for a month without food and two weeks without water.

Ants – Ants can carry 50 times their own body weight, and they will work together in small or large groups to move even heavier objects.

Termites – When termite soldiers detect a threat, they tap warning signals to the colony. Termite workers and soldiers are almost always blind.

Bats – Bats “see”  in the dark using a special skill called echolocation. Bats make noises and wait for the sound waves to bounce back off objects (an echo), if it doesn’t bounce back then they can safely fly forward. They can tell the distance of various objects by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them.

Squirrels – Squirrels can find food under a foot of snow.  A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.

Groundhogs – These professional diggers can move well over 700 pounds of dirt when digging their burrow!

Skunks – These odorous pests can spray up to 12 feet away and almost always warn the victim before spraying by stomping their feet.

Spiders – Spiders don’t get caught in their own webs because they have self-oiling legs.

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