Did You Know ...?
- That if your pet had only 6 fleas and you stopped using flea control through the winter months (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb) that those 6 fleas are laying eggs in your carpet………
Consequently, come spring and the warm weather, you could have 19,200 fleas hatching from the eggs laid during those winter months…
- That pathogens that cause malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and other diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes? During one recent year, malaria resulted in more than two million deaths throughout the world, mainly in tropical areas.
- That West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes that become infected when they feed on infected birds which then transmit West Nile virus to humans and animals while biting to take blood.
- There are at least 50,000 spider species in the arachnid family and the jumping spider is probably the most common biting spider in the United States.
- That honey bees are not the only stinging insects people may encounter. People are often stung by other bees and wasps that look and behave differently from honey bees. Other major stingers include hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps.
- That the female bed bug may lay one to five small white eggs a day and as many as five hundred eggs in a lifetime? Indoors, where it is warm, bed bugs may breed year-round.
- The human bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the most common cause of bug problems, but similar-looking types of bugs that feed on bats and birds may sometimes be found in homes.
- That horse and deer flies use their knife-like mouthparts to slice the skin and feed on the blood pool that is created resulting in significant blood loss. In a USDA Bulletin 1218, Webb and Wells estimated that horse flies would consume 1 cc of blood for their meal, and they calculated that 20 to 30 flies feeding for 6 hours would take 20 teaspoons. This would amount to one quart of blood in 10 days.
- That Lyme disease is a rapidly emerging bacterial infection that is spread to people by the bite of infected ticks. Ticks and chiggers are different kinds of mites (Class Arachnida) that feed on blood of animals. Ticks can also transmit viruses and other pathogens that cause diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Other kinds of mites can cause mange on humans, dogs, cats, and other animals.
- That in a 1988 survey physicians treated 20,755 patients for reactions to fire ant stings in southern United States?