Insects are certainly an uncomfortable infestation to have. As well as being a nuisance, an insect problem can be difficult to shift. But with our expert and professional know-how, you know that The Pest Technician is the right company to call.
What is an insect?
As a species, the insect group is by far the largest with all kinds of insects found here in the UK but thousands more are found across the globe.
An insect is a small arthropod animal that shares several common characteristics;
- It has three body segments – the head, the thorax and the abdomen
- Three pairs of jointed legs all attached to the thorax
- Antennae, although there are a few insect species without
- And wings, usually one or two pairs but some species cannot fly
Insects common to the UK include wasps, bees and hornets, as well as ladybirds, the woolly bear moth, dragonfly and ants.
The majority of insects in the UK, you will be pleased to hear, do not pose a danger to our health. They are a nuisance more than anything although there are a few that would carry a RED danger alert – wasps and bees, for example, as the sting in their tail can cause anaphylaxis and the cockroach is known for spreading germs and bacteria considered a health hazard.
Is a bug the same thing as an insect?
Yes and no! All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.
The difference is in the way the mouth is formed. Bugs have a stylet, a straw-like mouth for piercing materials and sucking up a liquid, a bit like the bed bug.
Insects have a chewing mouth so that means they have mandibles that they use to rip, tear and chew food. The common fly, wasp and bee have exposed mandibles for exactly that purpose.
Bugs and insects are also from a different classification too. Bugs and insects have been around for millennia and here at The Pest Technician, we deal with a wide variety of common insects and bugs, from the bedbug to the wasp.
What insects can you deal with?
We can offer an effective pest control service to eradicate all kinds of insect infestations. We commonly deal with ants, bedbugs, bees, carpet beetles, cockroaches, fleas, flies, moths and wasps.