Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Why are there so many insects? - Murry Gans


If insects suddenly morphed into large beings and decided to wage war on us, there’s no doubt that humans would lose. There are an estimated 10 quintillion individual insects on earth, outnumbering humans by more than a billion to one. So what’s their secret to success? Murry Gans details the reasons behind insect abundance. 

Lesson by Murry Gans, animation by Echo Bridge Pictures.

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Insects

Insects (from Latin insectum) are pancrustacean hexapod invertebrates of the class Insecta. They are the largest group within the arthropod phylum. Insects have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Their blood is not totally contained in vessels; some circulates in an open cavity known as the haemocoel. Insects are the most diverse group of animals; they include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms. The total number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million; potentially over 90% of the animal life forms on Earth are insects. Insects may be found in nearly all environments, although only a small number of species reside in the oceans, which are dominated by another arthropod group, crustaceans, which recent research has indicated insects are nested within.

Nearly all insects hatch from eggs. Insect growth is constrained by the inelastic exoskeleton and development involves a series of molts. The immature stages often differ from the adults in structure, habit and habitat, and can include a usually immobile pupal stage in those groups that undergo four-stage metamorphosis. Insects that undergo three-stage metamorphosis lack a pupal stage and adults develop through a series of nymphal stages. The higher level relationship of the insects is unclear. Fossilized insects of enormous size have been found from the Paleozoic Era, including giant dragonflies with wingspans of 55 to 70 cm (22 to 28 in). The most diverse insect groups appear to have coevolved with flowering plants.

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Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WHO WE ARE


American Pest Management, LLC, is a family owned and operated business. Bob and Barbara Weyand started the business in 1980 with the goal to provide realistic solutions to pest control needs while still maintaining a safe environment.

Continuing in this tradition, Bob and Barbara’s son-in-law Jeff Verges took ownership of the company in 2016. His goal is to maintain the same personal experience customers have enjoyed for more than 35 years.
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Licensed and Insured in the State of Oregon
  • Reasonable Prices
  • Materials are Safe and Effective
  • No Contracts
  • FREE Estimates
  • Fast and Friendly Service
Providing pest control for your friends and neighbors in the Eugene, Springfield, and surrounding areas for more than 35 years.

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Insects for Kids | Have fun learning all about different kinds of bugs! ...


Insects for kids is a fun video where we get to learn all about bugs!  We start by identifying different kinds of bugs like butterflies, beetles, moths, arachnids, etc.  We then take a deeper look at what makes up the bodies of insects: the head, thorax, abdomen. By the end of the video your students or kids will be able to better distinguish and identify the differences between types of bugs and identify important characteristics of each kind. They should also be able to name a few different kind of bugs as well!

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Contact Us.

We are fully licensed and insured in the state of Oregon. Our prices are reasonable and competitive with fast and friendly service. Call us today for a FREE quote!

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Monday, September 19, 2022

What Are People Saying?


TESTIMONIALS

LJG
“Bob and Barb were referred by a neighbor and we have been using their services for better than five years. We also use their services at our rental house. I would highly recommend to anyone the professional pest management  services that they offer. We have tried other services with different people showing up every month and we feel comfortable with Bob."

BJL
“Bob and Barb are very conscientious and  do a great job of taking care of their customers. They are friendly, accommodating, and very trustworthy. Their prices are reasonable, and they do a very good job, while also treating household pests with an eye to the environment. I’d recommend them to anyone."

TLB
“We’ve been a client of Bob’s for nearly 15 years.  I tried the “regular" big guys, but I didn’t like the results or the price. Bob is efficient, uses pet- and human-friendly products (we have 3 cats), and is always pleasant and fun to talk to. He explains everything and answers any questions with an amazing repertoire of “bug knowledge." I’ve learned way more about pests than i probable need to–and lots of other subjects that he and I talk about. His visits are like have a good friend over. Although I’ve never met his wife Barbara, I feel as though I know her personally. She is always pleasant and accommodating, even in last-minute emergencies. Altogether, I can’t imagine a better pest management service."

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem

Friday, September 16, 2022

Silkworms Spin Cocoons That Spell Their Own Doom | Deep Look


Those precious silk garments in your closet were made by the caterpillar of a fuzzy white moth – thousands of them. Silkworms spin a cocoon with a single strand of silk up to ten city blocks long. Humans have bred these insects into weaving machines that can no longer survive in the wild.

Jeff Verges/Owner/Operator
742 Santa Anita Court
Eugene, OR 97401

541-688-0580 Eugene 
503-371-8373 Salem