To most people, bugs and insects are one in the same; they are those creepy-crawly pests that may invade homes to the point where insect control services are required. Yet what most do not know is that there really is a difference between the two and that some of the differences are significant in determining the most appropriate methods of insect control. Read below to learn the differences and how they affect pest control.
A Bug is A Bug - Or Is It?
All bugs are a type of insect, but not all insects are classified as bugs. Even though bugs are scientifically categorized under the class of Insects, they are further categorized in their own order into Families based on the differences they possess. There are two main areas of difference between what could be called “true bugs” and the insects that are simply called bugs usually result from a lack of understanding about the actual differences.
- True Bugs - One big difference of true bugs versus other insects is with the mouth. True bugs receive nourishment by sucking fluids through a rigid proboscis that looks like a straw. Another point of difference beyond the rigid proboscis is a process they go through call incomplete metamorphosis. Incomplete metamorphosis means eggs hatch into a wingless nymph (which is an immature version of the adult) before maturing into a winged adult. This also means that all species of bugs have wings in their mature stage. This type of metamorphosis is especially significant when it comes to insect control. Examples of bugs that have these rigid mouth parts include bedbugs, stink bugs, aphids, water bugs and as many as 80,000 other species.
- Insects - All insects either chew or suck their food. Those that suck food do it with a proboscis that is retractable; in other words, it rolls up. they use to suction up plant nectar and other fluids; as insect control services well know, they may suck blood from hosts such as people and animals. Insect species include ants, bees, fleas, butterflies, and many others..
Why Know A Bug From An Insect?
Understanding whether a species is a bug or an insect can matter in a number of ways when it comes to obtaining the right insect control services. First of all, knowing the difference can help determine the type of food a species will need according to their type of mouth parts as well as the type of proboscis for those that have them.
Secondly, the fact that bugs go through a nymph stage is also significant when seeking the best insect control methods. By understanding these two details, professionals can more accurately develop plans to locate various problematic species where they are most likely to be found, remove active populations in a suitable way, then create plans to prevent re-population.
Although it may not matter to most homeowners who are dealing with an infestation that requires insect control, the differences between true bugs and insects are important when finding ways to eradicate them. These details might not mean much in terms of how offensive the various species may be to humans; however, they do offer clues to help get rid of them. Insect control services develop their extermination and prevention plans according to what each species requires and how to most effectively control them highly efficient ways!