Updated: Jul 16
Fun and Useful Bug Facts!
Ticks use their sense of smell to determine when to leap onto their host. Ticks do not like the smell of geranium and it also disguises our natural smell of CO2 we give off which is a big indicator for ticks when choosing their host.
First, a mosquito will sense exhaled carbon dioxide from a distance that can be more than 30 feet. After the carbon dioxide, then it begins to sense human odor. The mosquito follows this odor and, when it gets very close, starts to detect body heat.
Wasps feeding on fermented juice have been known to get "drunk' and pass out.
Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.
While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day.
To survive the cold of winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an "antifreeze" against the temperatures.