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Pest Facts
FACT: Mice feed 15-20 times a day.
FACT: Crickets hear through their knees
FACT: Rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide each year to feed 200 million people
FACT: Rats will eat just about anything, including decaying material.
FACT: Any water that stands for at least seven days can breed mosquitoes
FACT: The front claws of scorpions are actually modified parts of their mouth.
FACT: Bed bugs can live more than a year without eating.
FACT: In the U.S., rodents try to come inside from October through February for warmth and food
FACT: A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. Imagine having as many as 150 babies a year!
FACT: Black Widow spider silk was used for making the cross hairs in bomb sites of World War II aircraft.
FACT: Kissing bugs are not as romantic as their name implies. Rather, they bite and suck blood while their human or animal host is sleeping.
FACT: Mice can fit through an opening the size of a pencil eraser
FACT: A bed bug is brown before it feeds and afterwards turns reddish-brown.
FACT: West Nile Virus is the number one mosquito transmitted disease in the United States
FACT: If crushed, the odorous house ant worker gives off a rotten coconut odor, hence its name.
FACT: Bees must collect the nectar from 2,000 flowers to make 1 tablespoon of honey.
FACT: The most common pest of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores in the U. S. is the Indian meal moth.
FACT: The brown-banded cockroach often hides her egg capsules, containing up to 18 eggs, in furniture.
FACT: Hantavirus is a viral disease that may be contracted through direct contact with, or inhalation of, aerosolized infected rodent urine, saliva, or droppings.
FACT: A single colony of Formosan termites could eat the whole structure of a home within two years
FACT: Men claim their number one pest concern to be termites (24%) while women put spiders as their number one pest concern (16%).
FACT: Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human pathogens.
FACT: Blacklegged (deer) ticks, carriers of Lyme disease, like to spend the winter nestled in the fur of a deer.
FACT: Although the plague is often believed to be an historical disease, about 10-15 people in the U.S. contract this flea-borne illness each year.
FACT: On many butterflies the color is only an illusion. The color we perceive is created by refraction of the light as it reflects off the surface of the scale
FACT: The large "bird spider" tarantulas of South America have been known to live over 27 years.
FACT: An estimated 15% of all new homes have serious structural defects and damages, which may include termite damage
FACT: Because bed bug bites are painless, people often don't even notice there's a problem until the infestation is large.
FACT: About 1,000 cases of malaria are reported each year in the U.S.
FACT: Mexican "Jumping" Beans jump because of a moth larva living inside each one.

FACT: The total weight of all of the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world.
FACT: There are about 10,000 different species of grasshoppers.
FACT: 36% of the reported Hantavirus cases in the United States have resulted in death. Hantavirus is a virus spread by rodents
FACT: A mouse produces between 40 to 100 droppings per day, while a rat produces between 20 to 50 droppings a day.
FACT: Mice and rats are destructive and can cause significant home damage.

They are suspected of causing 8% of all house fires (Over 125,000 of the 1.6 million annually) by chewing electrical wiring and resulting in over one billion dollars in financial loss, thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths annually.
FACT: Rodents are filthy creatures that carry over 35 known diseases.

Diseases that can be transferred through our food, through rodent droppings, urine, hair, dander and physical contact, or by the up to 300,000 known rodent bites that occur each year - mostly to children when they are sleeping.
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