Pest Facts for National Trivia Day!

January 4 is National Trivia Day. It may seem trivial to celebrate a day dedicated to information considered of little importance or value, but we thought it would be fitting to share some interesting pest facts!


  • Ants can distinguish between sour, sweet, bitter and salty tastes.
  • Some species of ants have compound eyes and well-developed vision, while some unfortunate species are blind.
  • Ants vary in length from about 1/16 of an inch to almost 2 inches.


  • Bats are the only mammal that can truly fly.
  • The largest bat in the world is the Malayan flying fox, which can have a wing span of over 6 feet!
  • One bat can devour up to 3,000 insects in a night!


  • It’s estimated that honey bees pollinate one out of every three bites of food that we eat.
  • Not all bees live in hives. Only 10% of the world’s 20,000 bee species are social, and only a small percentage of these construct hives.


  • Cockroaches can live seven days without a head.
  • There are 4,500 different species of cockroaches in the world.
  • Most roaches are cannibalistic and will eat dead roaches if they are not cleaned up.


  • Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
  • The name “mosquito” comes from a Spanish or Portuguese word meaning “little fly.”
  • Only female mosquitoes bite.


  • Spiders have a lifespan that ranges from one to 25 years, and it’s estimated that you’re never more than 10 feet away from one.
  • There are more than 43,000 different species of spiders in the world, and only a small number of those species are considered dangerous.
  • It’s estimated that spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined, helping to control the pest population.


  • Termites cause more damage to homes in the United States than tornadoes, fires and earthquakes combined – over $5 billion annually.
  • A single acre plot may have as many as six subterranean termite colonies, with each colony housing millions of termites.
  • The total weight of all the termites in the world outweighs all the humans in the world.

If any of these pest facts cause you to wonder about pests around your home, contact Massey Services, and we’ll provide a free pest inspection or termite inspection to keep pests and termites away from you and your family.