Question & Answer

What pest can live without drinking water?


ANSWER: House mice do not need to drink water to survive. They get all the nutrition they need from food. These mice prefer eating nuts, grains and sweets and are not particularly fond of cheese!




The pictures below were featured on FMC Pest Wire website.


Interesting Facts

Cicadas don’t bite or string, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bug your ears.

The insect, which emerges from its underground habitat once every 13 years to shed its shell, has a hiss so loud that one university professor is warning Tennessee locals about the potential hearing damage the cicada chirping can cause.

“They’re in the neighborhood of 90 decibels or above, if you get real close to them,” Todd Ricketts, associate professor of hearing and speech at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently told WSMV Nashville.

“Annoying, irritating and you have to shout to talk over them,” said Ricketts.

According to Rickets’ measurements, the cicadas on the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tenn., measured at roughly 86 decibels. 85 decibels is the volume where the threat of hearing damage begins, and federal work standards stipulate that sounds exceeding that level should not be heard for more than a four hour period.

Depending on proximity, the cicadas’ hiss stacks up to a 85 decibel bustle of heavy city traffic, a 90 decibel hum of a lawnmower or a 95 decibel rumble of a New York City subway train.

And good luck avoiding them. Nancy Hinkle, a University of Georgia entomologist managing Georgia’s first statewide study on periodical cicadas says there are “bazillions.”

Source: Cicadas’ Chirp Could Cause Hearing Damage, Professor Says., May 26, 2011. Online. Available: May 30, 2011


Did You Know………

Earwigs hide during the day and feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night.



Question & Answer

Can flies bite people?



ANSWER: As flies do not have teeth or a stinger, they cannot bite people. They do have needle-like hooks that they can push into victims. This sometimes feels like a sting or a bite but no teeth or stingers are involved. These hooks help them to make food easier to eat but can also spread diseases. Flies have been known to spread tuberculosis, typhoid fever and diarrhea.




Did You Know…………

Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human pathogens.