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Bugs Outnumber Humans!

posted 3 Oct 2010, 06:08 by Mpelembe

It is a very odd fact most people do not know, that insects
outnumber humans on this earth that we live on!  Indeed,
insects make up ninety-five per cent of all species on earth
and when put that way, it sort of makes people cringe a
little to think that there are so many of them.  Not all of
them are that friendly either, and this is where
exterminators are needed to push them out of our home
environments so that we can work and live in comparative

Even the lowly ant has over thirty-five thousand varieties
with sixty of them living in the United States alone.  With
this in mind, many exterminators have started to use some
high-tech gadgets to make them move out of where we are
living.  Of course, some of them bite human beings, given
half a chance, and it is this, along with their penchant for
getting into our food, that make us want to get rid of them
at the earliest opportunity.

But another interesting fact about these stoic little
creatures is that some of them, wood ants in particular,
live for up to ten years.  Imagine then these all feeding
the queen, who is the one who produces eggs, and it is easy
to see how many can be produced from one nest.  Finding ants
crawling around the house also shows that there is some
damage being done too so they certainly should be taken care
of by the experts.

Leaf cutter ants also have quite an interesting tactic when
it comes to the queen.  She only mates once in her life, and
this is just before she starts her own colony somewhere.  But
what she does is to keep the sperm alive for future use and
this can last for about fifteen years.  With just this one
mating session, she is capable of producing more than three
hundred million offspring!

For anyone who wants to cut down the risk of having ants
around the home, it is really a matter of keeping the place
clean of course.  Any crumbs or sugar spills will surely
attach these voracious insects, and once they have
established a nest in the area, it is often a tough job to
kill them off.

Although there are many home remedies which claim to get rid
of them once and for all, it really is best left to the
experts to lead the way.  Indeed, many of the chemicals that
are used to keep ants out of the home are rather toxic to
humans and are particularly dangerous where children are in
residence.  Pets too often snuffle around in corners and if
any excess ant powder is inadvertently left around, they
invariably become sick form ingesting it.

When checking for exterminators in the local area, make sure
that they are licensed to handle these toxic chemicals, and
check out their website for customer feedback to see how
they handle their customers.  Once a great one is found,
keep the relationship alive so that they will come out at
short notice in case of further infestations.

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