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10 Shocking, Weird Bug Facts to Keep You Awake at Night

PestWorld is a great resource for kids who want to learn about bugsBugs give humans the creeps for reasons we don’t fully comprehend. It makes sense that we wouldn’t care much for insects that are capable of spreading disease, inflicting painful stings or eating our homes from the ground up. However, there is something about a crunchy cockroach or a slimy worm that we just can’t stomach, and it doesn’t seem to be related to what they can do to us. We’re much bigger, and we can crush them with hardly any effort. Instead, we run and scream and invent new dance moves. The list below definitely justifies our heebie jeebies.

1. Ants and the Slave Trade

Slavery isn’t just a human atrocity. Amazon ants steal the larvae of other ants and make them slaves. They’re not doing it to demonstrate superiority; they actually depend on their slaves for survival because they are incapable of doing anything other than fighting.

2. Don’t Mess with Aussie Ants

The bulldog ant is the most dangerous ant on the planet. A native of Australia, it is responsible for killing several humans.

3. Decapitation: It’s So Inconvenient

A cockroach can survive up to nine days without its head. The reason it can’t live even longer is because without its head, it can’t eat. If you happen to run into a headless cockroach, don’t tease it with a cookie. That’s just mean.

4. Play It Again, Sam

A housefly regurgitates its stomach contents, and then eats them again. Perhaps they taste better the second time.

5. Head-Banging Boosts Productivity in the Workplace

Research has demonstrated that termites eat their food twice as fast while heavy metal music is playing.

6. Nature’s Most Popular Bug Template

Beetles are the most common creatures on earth. One out of every four animals is a type of beetle. If you’re not a beetle, you’re totally off-trend.

7. Do I Call Pest Control, or an Exorcist?

The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees. It’s also the only bug that has only one ear. If you can turn your head 360 degrees, having two just isn’t really necessary.

8. So Much for Developing Good Parenting Skills

Aphids are born pregnant. When they’re ten days old, they give birth.

9. You Never Sleep Alone

An average bed contains up to six million dust mites, but at least they don’t snore.

10. Tiny Armies

The phrase “an army of ants” is more fitting than you think. Ants are one of only three species on earth that fight battles in formations. The other two are crows and humans.

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