Bugs, Insects, Arachnids. What’s the Difference?
“Bug” is a universally accepted term used to describe most creepy-crawly creatures we encounter in and around our homes, apartments, places of business and etc. But, not everything we call a bug is truly a bug. In fact, the critters we call “bugs” usually fall into one of three categories: bugs, insects, or arachnids. Confused? At Hopper Termite & Pest we definitely know the difference. Day in and day out we deal with all types of bugs and insects and basically all pests in between. Check out the picture below to learn some of the main differences between bugs, insects, and arachnids.
Characteristics: Hardened Forewings, No Teeth, Stylet (straw-shaped mouth for sucking the juice from plants or mammals), One Set of Wings
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/Caterpillar, Winged Adults)
Numbers: 75,000 Species
Popular Species: Cicadas, Stink Bugs, Bed Bugs, Water Bugs, Aphids, Boxelder Bugs, Lice
Characteristics: Three-Part Bodies (Head, Thorax, Abdomen), Two Pairs of Wings (in some species, only reproductive members have wings), Three Pairs of Legs, Sensory Antennae, Proboscis (retractable “straw”) or Chewing Mouthparts
Life Cycle: Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/ Caterpillar, Pupa/ Cocoon, Adult)
Numbers: 150,000 Species
Popular Species: Bees, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, Beetles, Ants, Dragonflies, Moths, Wasps, Flies, Grasshoppers, Crickets
Characteristics: Eight Legs, No Antennae, No Wings, Two Body Segments
Life Cycle: Egg, Immature (Resembles Adult) or Bear Live Young (Scorpions)
Numbers: 100,000 Species
Popular Species: Centipedes, Spiders, Ticks, Mites, Scorpions
Give Us a Call
Here at Hopper Termite & Pest, we are prepared to handle all types of bugs, insects, and arachnids! If you have concerns about any of these pests in or around your home, be sure to contact us today. We can put your “bug” concerns to bed!