Mother's Day is this Sunday, and while we may like to think we have nothing in common with common pests, one universal truth is undeniable: parenting is hard.
Rodents and insects don't have to battle with bedtimes, homework, sports practice, dance recital, picky eaters, piles of laundry, dirty rooms, or the dreaded birthday clowns—but some pest moms really have it rough.
A termite queen can lay up to 30,000 eggs a day, and millions of eggs during her lifetime.. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of babies.
Female mice can mate immediately after giving birth—that means mice can have another litter as soon as 25 days after the last. Yikes.
An earwig mom will drop everything to move her eggs to a new nest the moment she senses danger. She will also chew food for her babies-- no, thanks.
Bee and wasp moms bury paralyzed insects with their eggs, so newly hatched babies can feed.
Female roaches encase their eggs in a protective covering and carry it with them for days until they find a satisfactory hiding spot for the eggs to hatch.
Queen ants of some species can lay up to 300,000 eggs within a few days— how do they get anything else done?
The bottom line? Mom life is tough, no matter who, or what, you are. Don't forget to thank yours this weekend! Bonus: If your mom hates spiders (or any pest, for that matter), Burgess provides free estimates. A pest-free home is really the gift that keeps on giving.
Happy Mother's Day!