| Frequently Asked Questions |
Question: Are there brown recluse spiders in Nevada?
Answer: No.. There is a close relative that occurs in southern Nevada. But no
Loxosceles reclusa. See publications section.
Question: Do we have termites in Nevada?
Answer: Definitely yes... a least six species, four of these can be severe pests.
Are the scorpions in Nevada poisonous?
Although they all have venom the only one that is considered a problem is the bark scorpion, Centruroides exilicauda,
which only occurs in limitedly in Clark County. See publications section.
Question: Aren't all insects bad?
Answer: No. Actually only a very small
percentage(1 or less) of the known species of insects are ever pests. Most are either beneficial or cause no problems.
How do you tell the difference between an ant and a termite?
Ants have: elbowed
antennae, a narrow "waist" between the thorax and the abdomen, if they have wings they are generally clear and the
front wing is larger than the hind wing.
have: straight antennae, a broad joint between the the thorax and the abdomen, termite wings are generally cloudy and
of equal size.
Question: How did you get interested in insects?
Answer: I (Jeff Knight) first became interested in insects at age 9 or so. I was involved in
4-H entomology for 10 years and went on to get a Master's Degree at Utah State University. Their diversity and adaptability
are what fascinates me the most about insects.