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Did you know? Interesting summer pest facts

Why do fireflies light up? What goes into making a pound of honey? There are many fascinating facts you probably don't know about the seasonal insects frequenting backyards this summer. Check out the following list of some unique, but true factoids about the bugs of summer from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

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Bees

Honeybees may make 10 million trips to gather enough nectar to make a single pound of honey. The total distance traveled by all the bees to create this much honey may equal twice the distance around the world.

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Ants

Some ants can lift 20 times their own body weight. If a 175-pound man had the comparative strength of an ant, he could lift four tons or almost 9,000 pounds.

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Mosquitoes

Only female mosquitoes bite humans. They are generally attracted to dark colors and the carbon dioxide you exhale. Males live on plant juices and other liquids from decomposing organic material.

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Fireflies

Firefly light is usually intermittent and flashes in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.

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House Flies

House flies taste with their feet, which are millions of times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue. House flies also generally stay within one mile of where they were born.

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Ladybugs

Ladybugs bleed from their knees when they feel threatened. The foul-smelling fluid seeps from their leg joints, often leaving yellow stains on a surface.

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Did you know? Interesting summer pest facts

Why do fireflies light up? What goes into making a pound of honey? There are many fascinating facts you probably don't know about the seasonal insects frequenting backyards this summer. Check out the following list of some unique, but true factoids about the bugs of summer from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

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