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Bug or Insect?

Is that crawly creature a bug or an insect? Does it really matter? Probably not, but if you ever need to know the difference, than you can find the answer below.

A bug by any other name is still a bug, right?

Wrong! A bug by any other name is an insect. All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Insects have 3 pairs of legs, so locusts, beetles, ants and bees are insects, while spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks, are bugs. Unless you are an entomologist or you plan on studying insects and bugs, it is perfectly all right for you to call all those creepy crawlers and buzzing creatures "bugs".

As with most everything else there are good bugs and bad bugs.

Give a big welcome to the some of the good bugs, such as the ladybug, the praying mantis, the shiny black ground beetle, the stinky soldier bug, and the bumblebee. The good bugs will eat mosquitoes, moths, slugs, root maggots, horn worms, mites and are very beneficial to your lawn and garden.

The Bad Bugs!

You don't want to find these bad bugs in your garden or your home; tomato worms, aphids, cabbage loopers or termites. The tomato worms, aphids, and cabbage loopers can wreck havoc to garden, fruit, and vegetables and termites work all day and all night, every day of the year, destroying your home. Some experts estimate that termites cause over five billion dollars worth of damage each year.

Bugs that are harmful to humans.

Bee and wasp stings can cause death if a person is allergic to their sting, and a bite from a black widow spider affects a persons nervous system and can cause death in small children and elderly people. Mosquitoes cause malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever and other diseases and Wikipedia states that in 2010 and estimated 655,000 people died from malaria.

For good or bad, better or worse, whether they are insects or bugs, they are here to stay.




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