Today is World Pest Day, a multinational event established to raise awareness among the public about the important role that the pest control industry plays in preventing pest threats around the world.

Every day, our team works hard to create solutions that enable pest control professionals to protect public health, food and properties from the threat of pests. Although pests may seem like they’re only a nuisance, certain pests can pose threats and risks to people and property. For example, mosquitoes and ticks can transmit serious disease-causing pathogens, and allergens from cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks, leading to respiratory distress.

We are proud to join the pest control industry around the globe in celebrating World Pest Day! Here are some fun facts about insects that you may want to share with others in celebration of World Pest Day 2019:

·        House flies are capable of flying up to 20 miles away from their breeding site.

·        Insects do not use their mouths to breathe. They breathe through small holes called spiracles on the exoskeleton. Spiracles are connected to air tubes called tracheae, which perform the gas exchange functions throughout the insect body. The respiratory system and the circulatory system are completely separate systems.

·        Dung beetles can use the sun, moon, polarized light, or the Milky Way to orient themselves by and travel in a straight line.

·        Bites from Lone Star Ticks can cause rare allergies to red meat in humans and dogs. For humans, some symptoms are hives, swelling, and anaphylactic shock. Dogs can show symptoms of itching, skin lesions, and hair loss. Lone Star Ticks are widely found in the southeastern and eastern United States

·        Mosquitoes separate the red blood cells from the water in their gut while drinking it and squeeze the water out of their behind in droplets to make more room for the nutritious red blood cells.

·        If you tweet a picture of a spider to @RecluseorNot it will be identified for you with a yes or a no as to whether it is a recluse or not.

·        Mobs of honey bees can suffocate wasps to death in certain circumstances.

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