Wacky Pest Wednesday: Stick Insect

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Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans!  It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway through this long week, but it also means we have another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday lined up for you.  Join us today, as we delve into the characteristics of the stick insect!

Stick insects, also known as stick bugs, are critters that tend to hang around the exterior of your home. feeding off of plants at night.  These fellas could be the farthest thing from a pest, as they are generally solitary creatures and keep to themselves.  The most interaction you might have with one would be to see it as your walking in the door, that’s it!  Now, even though stick bugs may not pose a threat to you or your family, they are nevertheless fascinating creatures.

As the name implies, stick bugs conceal themselves by looking like a stick, but they also act like a stick to escape predators!  They can sway in the breeze, as any other stick would do, and can play dead, as to trick the predator that they are nothing more than a piece of wood.  However, the stick bug does have a few defense tactics at its disposal, like producing an awful-smelling scent to ward off predators, or even by breaking off their appendages to escape, as they can easily grow back.

Sure, stick bugs may hold the record for the longest insects in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be worried about them; they’re fascinating critters who mean no harm whatsoever to you or your family.  For these guys, we don’t call them pests; we call them “friends”.

For more fun facts about pests, be sure to check back to our blog every Wednesday for our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!


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