Do All Spiders Make Webs?
Some species of spiders don’t make webs at all. Sure, all spiders are capable of producing silk, but technically a web is defined as a structure created to catch prey – and that’s not the hunting tactic all spiders apply. Members of the wolf spider, jumping spider, ground spider, sac spider, lynx spider and other spider families actively seek out prey instead of just creating a web and patiently waiting. Other species such as trap door spiders and crab spiders use camouflage to allow prey to come close before they pounce. These spiders use their silk for other purposes.
Do Insects See Hundreds of Identical Images?
If you’ve ever seen a close-up photo of a common house fly or another insect’s eyes (or been brave enough to get up close and personal with an insect), you’ve probably noticed what looks like hundreds of individual spherical structures. Some people mistakenly believe that each globe of an insect’s “compound eyes” collects its own near-identical picture of the world. The truth is they see more of a mosaic pattern, with each “eye” globe collecting part of the overall image and then combining them into one big picture. Think of it like oversized pixels on a computer monitor.
Do Mosquitoes Prefer People with Sweet Blood?
You’ve heard it a hundred times – “mosquitos must bite you so much because you’re so sweet.” It’s true that mosquitos are more attracted to some people than others, but the “sweetness” of their blood doesn’t play a role. Researchers have found that mosquitoes are drawn to people based on factors including carbon dioxide exhalation, sweating, lactic acid levels and certain strains of bacteria. People are universally more attractive to mosquitos after exercise, when carbon dioxide, sweating and lactic acid production are all at peak levels.
Do Bed Bugs Only Live in Dirty Places?
There’s a real stigma attached to bed bugs in our culture. Many people believe the presence of bed bugs in a home means that it’s dirty. Truth is, bed bugs aren’t attracted to dirt, they’re attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. Leaving a load of laundry on the floor or disheveled sheets on the bed doesn’t impact their reason for being there. It’s your warm, exhaling body that brings them running. Decluttering, however, does help eliminate their hiding places.
If you’ve seen any of these pests in or around your home, contact Florida Pest Control for an appointment.