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Do Not Get Fooled By Cleverly Disguised Pests

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As well as unsuspecting property and homeowners, many bugs and insects can be fooled by the misleading appearance and behavior, of some pretty convincing wasps, spiders and scorpions. In fact, here are three examples of some common pests, that can cause confusion for homeowners, when trying to describe their pest control problem; to their local exterminator:

  1. Velvet ants, although quite convincing, are actually wasps that are covered with long, and dense colored hair. The female Velvet ant has a stinger, but no wings, which makes her very closely resemble a large (approximately one inch), hairy ant.
  2. There are more than one hundred species of ant-mimicking spiders, in the world today. These spider species will employ a wide variety of deceptive strategies, to escape their own natural predators or capture their prey, including mimicking their appearance and behavior; to avoid detection. Typically these spider species will develop slimmer abdomens and false “waists”, to mimic the three distinct regions of an ant’s body. As well, these convincing actors will wave their first pair of legs, to mimic the ant’s antennae and also to conceal the fact that they have eight legs; rather than six.
  3. The Whiptail scorpion has a long and thin tail, that is used primarily as a sensory organ, and does not possess a stinger. Surprising to most, the Whiptail scorpion is not venomous, not a true scorpion, and not even likely to cause serious problems; for local residents and homeowners.

Because these deceptive pests will copying the behavior of their prey, and even modify their appearance to closely resemble another species, they illustrate the importance of having a pest management professional properly identify your bug, insect or pest control problem; before you develop an elimination strategy. Failure to do so, could result in the application of an unnecessary treatment, that is possibly harmful and ineffective; and does not solve your pest problem.

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