While most people are terrified of bugs, others find them, well, completely gross! Regardless of whether you like insects or not, these creepy crawlers are estimated to make up three-quarters of the animal species on Planet Earth.
In honor of the most populous species on our planet, we thought we’d share some crazy and weird bug facts, thanks to the Science Channel.
Weird Bug Facts:
- Midge Larvae: Larvae of one type of midge can survive for three days in liquid nitrogen. The temperature of liquid nitrogen is -321 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Termite Queens: Termite queens will lay up to 30,000 eggs a day, and live for many years.
- Indian Moon Moths: Indian moon moths are able to smell the pheromones of a potential mate over 6 miles away.
- Termite Mounds: African termite mounds can be 40 feet high and use an intricate system of ventilation shafts to control the temperature inside.
- Sleeping Wasps: Some wasps sleep (and even hibernate for months) while hanging by their teeth.
- Fly Taste Buds: Houseflies can taste with their feet — they have taste buds on them.
- Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
- Wasp Hunters: There are wasp species that specialize in hunting other dangerous predators, like praying mantids and tarantulas.
- Ants Marching: Only three kinds of animals fight battles in formations: humans, crows and ants.
- Grasshopper Ears: Certain types of grasshoppers and crickets have their ears on their front legs.
So there you have it! If any of these crazy pest facts creep you out, contact us and we’ll provide a free pest prevention or termite inspection to keep pests and termites away from you and your family.