Q: How long can a bed bug live without a host and what do they look like?
A: Bed bugs can go without feeding for 20 to 400 days, depending on temperature and humidity. Older stages of nymphs can survive longer without feeding than younger ones, and adults have survived without food for more than 400 days in the laboratory at low temperatures.
Q: How many roaches can hatch from one German Roach egg (ootheca case)
A: The female German cockroach carries the ootheca until the eggs inside it are ready to hatch. One ootheca can contain up to 50 eggs. Egg to adult takes 103 days, on average. Because they produce so many eggs that develop so quickly, their population grows very rapidly.
Q: What types of termites do we deal with in Florida?
- Dampwood Termite. Zootermopsis spp. and Neotermes spp. Treatment: Repair and replace wet wood.
- Drywood Termite. Cryptotermes spp. and Incisitermes spp. Treatment: Structural Fumigation or spot treatment
- Subterranean Termite. Reticulitermes spp., Coptotermes spp. and Heterotermes spp. Treatment: Placement of a continuous barrier of termiticide around structure
- Formosan Termite. Coptotermes formosanus. In the Subterranean family. Formosan termites are the most aggressive and destructive timber pests in the United States. It is an imported species, native to China.
- Powder Post Termite: Cryptotermes drywood termites are sometimes called "powderpost" termites or "furniture" termites due to their small faecal droppings and the fact that they commonly attack timber furniture. The average moisture content of seasoned timbers in service in the United States is 8-12%, except along the coastal plains where the moisture level can exceed 12%. Identification of Swarmers and Soldiers: Swarmers are about 7/16-1/2" long including the wings, with the head width being 1/32-1/16". The head and body are pale yellowish brown to pale reddish brown and the wings are hardened and pigmented. The veins are pale yellowish brown in the outer half of the wing.
The life-cycle of subterranean termites:
Q: How to tell the difference between an ant and termite?
A: Here are some ways do identify the differences: While both species have four wings, termite wings are uniform in size. Winged ants have noticeably larger wings in the front than the pair in the back. Termite antennae are almost straight where the ant's antennae is elbowed.
Q: What are Big Headed Ants?
A: Pheidole megacephala is a species of ant in the family Formicidae. It is commonly known as the big-headed ant in the USA and the coastal brown ant in Australia. It is a very successful invasive species and is considered a danger to native ants in Australia  and other places. It has been nominated as one of the hundred "World's worst" invaders.
Q: How do I tell a honey bee from a wasp?
A: Physical characteristics of bees vs wasps. Both bees and wasps have different body and leg structure. Bees have hairy body and legs, whereas wasps have smooth bodies and legs. The abdomen and thorax of a bee is rounded, whereas, in the case of a wasp, it is cylindrical. Bees have flat and wide legs and wasps have rounds and waxy legs.
Q: What is an Earwig?
A: Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera and are found throughout the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, Australia and New Zealand. With about 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders. Earwigs have characteristic cerci, a pair of forceps-like pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings, hence the scientific order name, "skin wing". Some groups are tiny parasites on mammals and lack the typical pincers. Earwigs rarely use their flying ability. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig Forficula Auricularia.
Q: What are those little ants in my kitchen and bathroom?
A: Ghost ants, Sugar ants, Grease ants, Piss ants and may other basic names but the actual name is, Tapinoma Melanocephalum is a species of ant that goes by the common name ghost ant. They are recognized by their dark head and pale or translucent legs and abdomen. This coloring makes this tiny ant seem even smaller.
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