The ‘web’ of lies

The world wide web is an amazing thing. Type in cucumber recipes and you may get 2,230,000 choices of things to look at, literally! Now type in termite facts and the results were 305,000. Boy people love cucumbers but still that’s a lot of termite facts. Unfortunately you can’t always believe what you read either in life or on the net. I perused the first 3 pages of these supposed termite truths and found many, shall we say, inaccuracies. I wonder if you can spot them too. Below you’ll find screen shots of some of what I found and the a quiz or two to see if you saw the errors too. I’ll list the answers at the bottom.
Good luck

SCREEN SHOT# 1



SCREEN SHOT # 2


SCREEN SHOT # 3


Did you get the right answers? Let’s see how you did. For screen shot #1 the answer is, 1, 5, and 7. While queens can live up to 30 years most workers only live about 7. Subterranean termites do not leave saw dust behind and it actually would take 8,500 years to destroy the average home not 2 to 3.

For screen shot # 2 the answer is false. Subterranean termites are not found in Alaska. This one shocked me because this was a very popular web site.

Screen shot # 3 threw me for a loop. I can’t believe this guy knows anything about termites. The fact is that the soldier caste is a terminal one. Once a termite becomes a soldier that is how it’ll die. The worker is the caste that can change according to the colonies needs. The other wrong ‘fact’ is that queens DO NOT have some special pheromone that suppresses others from becoming queens. In fact, supplementary reproductives are quite active in the egg laying department. While they are not THE queen she does not prevent this caste from usurping her thrown by use of pheromones.
The web is filled with some great stuff and new knowledge is only a click away. Just be careful to not believe everything you read on the web and check it with other sources to see if you can verify the facts. Better yet, why not call out a pro? I’m proud to say not one of these erroneous bits of information came from a pest control companies site. In fact while double checking I found the correct answers on sites that may just belong to your bugman. Knowledge is power and your local pest control pro has it all right in his or her head. Why not give them a call? Unless of course you have ants, did you know cucumbers work great at getting rid of them? I saw it on the web, it must be true.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • You have just ruined my whole day, I thought everything on the web was true and correct. Al Gore has lied to me! Arggghh

    I did fall into that trap once, the large rattlesnake from Florida – my brother-in-law says no way is that real.

    I always seek out 2 or more sources to get it right, like going to the http://www.pestcemetery.com site.

  • You have just ruined my whole day, I thought everything on the web was true and correct. Al Gore has lied to me! Arggghh

    I did fall into that trap once, the large rattlesnake from Florida – my brother-in-law says no way is that real.

    I always seek out 2 or more sources to get it right, like going to the http://www.pestcemetery.com site.