Wacky Pest Wednesday: Praying Mantis

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A happy Wednesday to all you loyal Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Today, we invite you to join us, as we talk about a pretty cool critter: the praying mantis.

First and foremost, let’s come out and set the record straight: the praying mantis is not a pest.  Instead, it is a beneficial insect that you should try your best to keep around, since it will chow down on several other common pests.  So, since it is not a pest, why are we—a pest control company—talking about the praying mantis? Well, we want to make you aware that there are beneficial bugs out there, and to challenge the common notion that a thing with six legs or more needs to be squashed or swatted at immediately.  

The praying mantis is known for its insatiable appetite of many common pests, including crickets, moths, and even cockroaches.  Thanks to their ultrasonic hearing (something akin to a superpower they have) and intimidating forelegs, the praying mantis has a combination of a fearless predator.  Couple that in with their natural, leafy camouflage, and the ability to turn their heads around 180 degrees (yes, it pretty gross, but they can do it) and you have a power combo that will mow though all of the common pests out there.

Yet despite these characteristics, the praying mantis presents little threat to humans.  While we don’t recommend handling them with your bare hands, there is no need to fear the mantis should you come across one.  Now, if you see one in your home, don’t run and grab the rolled up newspaper, as there is no need. Instead, either coax the mantis into a plastic container or slide a piece of paper under it and pick it up to bring the critter back outside.  Trust us—they’ll do more good outside than in the big terrarium in the sky.

So, the next time you see the mantis, think of it as your own personal pest control specialist.  Sure, they may be lacking some interpersonal skills, but they are pretty effective at their job, which is the only thing that counts at the end of the day.

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