This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.
Creepy, crawly creatures like bugs and insects are what nightmares for many are made of. They have been used to scare us in books, movies and television shows, and quite effectively, I might add. Among the top phobias listed, arachnophobia is ranked #2 in the top 10 in the world. Although the majority of spiders are not the venomous kind, they are sill feared by millions. Now, if you were to ask most kids, especially boys, they would tell you that bugs of all sorts are pretty cool and people that fear them are silly! For many, the key to overcoming fear is to power themselves with knowledge. So, by learning about these creepy little guys may help some overcome those scary feelings. The folks at Orkin believe every creature has its place on our planet and learning as much as they can about them helps them control the pests.
Learning About Bugs
The Orkin company was founded in 1901 by Otto Orkin, Orkin, who was only 14-years-old at the time. Now Orkin is a leader in the pest control industry and has over 100 years of experience in pest control services. foundation of their beliefs is a deep knowledge of pest behavior is crucial to managing them effectively. In order to know how to do their job, Orkin needs to know how pests do what they do. Today, Orkin has almost 8,000 employees and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. The company specializes in protecting you against termite damage, rodents and insects. Orkin has locations in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia.
Because the folks at Orkin are fascinated by bugs and know many others are as well, they created “The Orkin Ecologist site, to celebrate science and uniqueness of bugs. They hope to encourage people, young and old, to learn about the science behind insects and their role in our world. My kids and I visited the Orkin Ecologist site and we could not believe how cool the site and the information is. I was surprised at how interesting and the kids found learning about bugs could be fun! There are a ton of science fair project ideas, information on many individual critters like the Goliath Bird Eating Spider. We decided to research the spider both on the Orkin site as well as the BBC website and make a home school project out of it.
Caitlin actually got into the project more so than Henry did, which surprised me. She has a fear of bugs and she said she wanted to face her fear and learn more about them. We were really surprised at the information we learned and were pretty happy with our project, although it was a bit rudimentary! The Orkin Ecologist site is a wonderful educational resource for both beginner as well as the experienced science lover. After you visit the site, I would love to have you leave a comment on the post about what you found most interesting. Be sure to call on Orkin for your pest control needs by and follow them on Facebook.