Coming across mysterious bugs in your garden can pose as a problem. Do you let it stay and make a cozy home amongst your flowers or tomatoes? Or do you kick it out on its rear? Learning to recognize these insects will help you know which ones are pests and which ones to keep around. One of the best ways to become familiar with common bugs is to see these insects close up. Below are some insects, a close up view, and some clues to see if you can identify them. You can find the answers at the end of the post.
Mystery insect #1:
I am one of the most hated insects in the world. That’s okay, I know people don’t like me but I really like you and your kitchen. Scurrying around your floor, finding crumbs and reproducing at prolific rates are my specialties. I can live a month without food and 2 weeks without water, so thus it is joked that I can survive an atomic bomb or apocalypse. Can you guess what I am?
Mystery insect #2:
I am a very small flying insect that is only 0.098 of an inch. I have red eyes, a tan body and an extreme, insatiable desire for sugar. I love sugar! Rotting, fermented sugar is my absolute favorite. I can often be found flying around glasses of wine, garbage cans and fruit or vegetables. I lay my eggs ON the aforementioned rotten food. What am I?
Mystery insect #3:
I have been around for millions of years. I produce food that contains all the substances to sustain life such as enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water. My sense of smell is phenomenal! I have 170 odorant receptors compared to fruit flies with 62 and mosquitoes with 72. I need that highly developed sense of smell to find food. I love sweet nectar and flowers the most. Can you guess what I am?
Mystery insect #4:
My name is Spanish for “little fly” and there are more than 3,500 different types in my species. I am known for my “bite” but I don’t actually have teeth. Blood is my favorite food on this planet and I can drink up to 3 times my weight in blood. Water is a comfort to me and that’s where I lay my eggs. Can you figure out what I am?
Mystery insect #5:
I am an insect with a voracious appetite. I prey ants, flies, grasshoppers, nymphs, spiders and beetles so as you can see I am rather carnivorous. I have been compared to the aggressive, striped cats of the wild so much that they are part of my name. My speed and predatory nature earned me this title. Did the clues give me away?
Educating yourself on the insects that surround your home is a smart thing to do. When you suddenly see many of one insect, you will be alerted to the type of infestation that may be occurring and calling us immediately at Pointe Pest Control can stop insect and pest damage right in its tracks. Learning about insects is not only fun and educational, but it can save you a big headache in the long run!
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#2 Fruit fly
#5 Tiger Beetle