Should You Be Worried About These Weird Bugs?

Posted on: September 1, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Did you know that there are over 900 thousand different kinds of insects in the world right now?  And over 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual bugs living on the earth?  With that many different kinds of bugs, there are bound to be some weird ones that you’ve never seen…but how do you know if that unknown bug is dangerous?  What happens when you find a weird bug, what do you do?  ProChem ProActive is here to help demystify some weird bugs that you might see in the Las Vegas area.

Here are some crazy looking bugs and general information about them.

Jerusalem Cricket

This rare insects name can be misleading as they are neither truly crickets, nor do they inhabit Jerusalem.  These insects are not venomous but they can inflict a painful bite and a foul smell. They primarily feed on dead organic matter and other insects. Usually, they are spotted under rocks or other plants.  They like to burrow and live in damp dark areas usual just beneath the soil.  Because of their rarity, these pests are not considered a pest problem.

 

Acorn Weevil

The Acorn Weevil gets its name from their habit of laying eggs inside the soft tissue of an acorn and the seeds of oak trees.  An adult female weevil uses her long snout to bore a tiny hole in the acorn to lay her eggs. The larva will feed on the inside of the acorn while it hardens over the warm summer, and eventually chew their way out in early winter when they burrow into the ground.  These are weird looking insects for sure, but not dangerous and they are not usually included in pest control treatment plans.

 

Assassin Bug

There’s no need to panic when you see an assassin bug, although he cautions it’s best not to touch them because they can inflict rather painful bites.  They get their name from the way that they kill their prey; by violently stabbing it to death with their strong “beak”.  Often seen on shrubs, ground cover or garden plants, these bugs are considered beneficial for gardeners because they eat other small insects that feed on garden plants.

Like some of the other pests in this list, if left alone they are not dangerous and usually not treated during your standard pest control.  If you find yourself with large numbers of these bugs however there are pesticides that will rid them from your property.

 

Earwig

Earwigs are nocturnal insects that love dark, damp places where they can feed on foliage, flowers and other plans.  In the desert, they are often seen around lawns and other damp green areas.  They can use their forceps to grasp onto a finger if agitated, but earwigs do not sting nor are they dangerous. They have no venom, so earwigs are not poisonous.  They also do not crawl inside your ear, as their name might suggest.  They can infest your yard though, so treatments for these bugs are common.

 

Do you have a pest problem or insects that you can’t identify?  Visit our website and check out our insect identification feature and request a free estimate for your pest treatments.  Year-round pest control is important to keep your home, business, and family safe from pests.  We are here to help, give us a call today!