Bug Identification For You!

Entomologist studying insect

Have you ever noticed an insect and wondered what it was? It is estimated that there are over 10 quintillion insects alive at any given time across the globe.  Quintillion is a '1' with 19 zeros after it! In the United States alone it is estimated that there are approximately 91,000 different species of insects that call this great country home. So, it is no wonder why you would come across an insect in your yard or in your home that you would not recognize; and recognition is pretty important considering that some insects are harmful and some are downright dangerous. 

Bug identification is also important for children – especially school-aged children. Classrooms all across America teach our precious babies about insects and most require children to collect bugs and mount them onto a display board as they learn about the insects in their environment. It is a goal to find that one bug that no other child has in order to impress the other kids and the teacher with their bug finding skills. This is all well and good as long as they do not run into a dangerous species. 

There is no doubt that you have heard of some of the illnesses that insects can transmit to people. Diseases such as Lyme disease, Zika virus, and malaria top the news and have become well known to most of us, but the truth is that there are literally thousands of pathogens, bacterial and viral, that insects can carry and spread.  Some will just make you ill with flu-like symptoms while others can cause serious and even deadly complications.  Certainly, the importance of proper insect identification cannot be overestimated.

This is where American Pest Solutions and our bug identification page comes in.  Our highly trained and experienced entomologists keep track of the insects in our area and the ones that you are most likely to have trouble with.  We have placed a very informative data bank on these insects including facts and photos onto our website so you can easily identify the little creatures you find and determine if they are merely a nuisance, if they pose a risk to the structure of your home, or if they are a health risk to you and your family.  And our identification page does not stop with insects!  We also have helpful information on rodents, raccoons, and other wildlife that may create an issue on your property. 

If you are looking for a helpful resource on bug identification for a school project or if you need fast facts to determine the risk of an insect you have found invading your home or business, click on to our pest identification page; and, remember, if you need help with any of those pests that wander into your home or onto your property, give the experts here at American Pest Solutions a call and we will be there with the latest products and technologies to solve that pest problem.