A termite queen at her peak can lay an egg every 3 seconds and can live for more than 25 years.
A termite can enter a structure through an opening as small as 1.3 mm.
The combined weight of all the ants on earth is greater than the combined weight of all humans
A typical bed usually houses more than 6 billion dust mites.
Up to 10,000 flies can emerge from just 1kg of manure.
Flies can “taste" with their feet.
A fly’s vision is sharp for only 60 to 92cm.
One successful hatch can result in well over 2 million flies.
Flies can infect feed/food by merely landing on it
The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.
In ants communication is carried out with the help of numerous chemical signals (pheromones).
It has been estimated that 30 baby rats are born every second, compared to one human being.
Rats can bite repeatedly at the rate of six bites per second.
A female house mouse gives birth to 6 young ones about 21 days after mating. She is ready to mate again in two days. She can produce 6 to 10 litters a year. Her young will be ready to mate in two months.
If a cockroach loses its head, it can live for about 2 weeks since it has other “brains” on its legs. It finally dies because it has no mouth to get food and water.
You‘ve probably heard the story about cockroaches surviving a nuclear war: we die but they live! Radiologist have found that humans can safely withstand a one-time exposure of 5 rems (A “rem” is the dosage of radiation that will cause a specific, measured amount of injury to human tissue). A lethal dose is 800 rems or more (people are exposed to about 16 rems during their lifetime). Insect researchers have found that cockroaches can tolerate a much higher dose. The lethal dose for the American cockroach is 67,500 rems and for the German cockroach it is between 90,000 and 105,000 rems! In truth the amount of radiation that cockroaches can withstand is equivalent to that of a thermonuclear explosion.
Of all the different spider species in South Africa, only THREE species are known to be harmful to people. Worldwide only 0.01% can be considered dangerous!
Some males spiders wait for the female to start feeding on her prey, while other tie her down with silk before starting the act of mating!
Most spiders live for only one year, while some baboon spiders can reach ages of up to 25 years. Generally males do not live as long as females, because they have no role to play after mating!
Spider silk is the strongest natural fibre known. It's exuded as a liquid and hardens when the spider pulls it, thus aligning the molecular structure. It will stretch up to 1/3 of its original length without breaking
The average person will encounter some 50 different kinds of spiders in their lifetime. Of those, only about a dozen are capable of piercing the skin with their fangs.
German cockroaches can survive for up to one month without food and two weeks without water
A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second
If a cockroach breaks a leg it can grow another one
The earliest fossil cockroach is about 280 million years old – 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs!
Ants don't sleep
When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born
For every human in the world there are one million ants
The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog's is
Ants can lift an object up to fifty times their body-weight and carry it over their heads. They don't do this with their feet, but with their mouths
A flea can jump 150 times its size. That is the same as a person able to jump up 1,000 feet in the air
A housefly can only ingest liquid material. They regurgitate their food to liquefy the food that they are going to eat
A house fly's feet are 10 million times more sensitive than a human tongue
Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes live on natural liquids from plants and other resources
One of the most dangerous insect in the world is the common housefly. They carry and transmit more diseases than any other animal in the world
The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
Mosquitoes prefer children over adults
The bite from a black widow spider is not automatically fatal. In fact, less than 1% of all people bitten by this spider run the risk of dying, and most of them are saved with the use of antivenin
Spiders usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well
Only the female black widow spider has a poisonous bite. The male spider's venom is not poisonous and it does not attack its prey
Of the 35,000 species of spiders, only 27 species are known to have caused human fatalities
A colony of bees has to fly almost fifty-five thousand miles and tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey
Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand
Just a single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees
Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans
Queen bees will lay almost 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute. Between 175,000-200,000 eggs are laid per year