Wacky Pest Wednesday: Katydids

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Keep on reading to see what you need to know about the cool katydid!

The katydid, AKA the “leaf bug” is an insect that populates most states east of the Mississippi river and are pretty heavily concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic.  These grasshopper-relatives are active during the night, and use the darkness in conjunction with their fascinating ability to mimic a leaf to escape predators.  Just like the stick insect, katydids can stay still for long periods of time to wait for a predator to leave—a great example of nature’s ingenuity.

Katydids, as a species, are omnivores, meaning that they love to munch on anything from leaves to grass and even some small insects like aphids.  They certainly prefer the leafy stuff, but they won’t get picky is they see a smaller insect crawling up the stem of grass that they are chowing down on.  For the most part, you can expect katydids to steer clear of people, yet they can become garden pests from time to time. If you happen to find your garden being overrun by katydids, your best DIY approach is to just wait it out—-they’ll go away in a short while.  Alternatively, if they are causing quite the ruckus, you can always turn to us for a professional application of pest-control magic.

Did you know that the long-legged katydid is one of the largest insect to be found on Earth?  While it’s nothing short of gigantic, some people love keeping them as pets. You can’t really take this pet for a walk, but you can certainly freak out your guests with it like in this video from the Today Show.

See you next week for some more fun fact about the wackiest pests out there!

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