Halloween is right around the corner and that means our
neighborhoods will soon be crawling with ghosts, witches, vampires
and goblins on the hunt for candy. While these are make
believe spooky costumes, there are some real terrors that might be
lurking in your own backyard. To celebrate Halloween, we put
together our list of the top five scariest pests - but beware these
tales will send chills down your spine!
Flesh flies are often found breeding in decaying
material or feces but some species lay their eggs in the open
wounds of mammals - hence the name flesh flies. Lucky for us they
prefer to feed on decaying material rather than humans,
Everyone knows the saying, "Sleep
tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite!" Unfortunately, this saying
holds a lot of truth. Bed bugs venture out at night to feed on
their unsuspecting victims leaving behind itchy, painful welts.
This real life tiny vampire can be a nightmare if left untreated as
they can live up to a year without food and survive in extreme
Earwigs earned their name because of an
ancient superstition that they would crawl into the ears of
sleeping people and once inside bore holes into the brain.
Fortunately, this story is only a myth but earwigs do possess scary
claw-like forceps which are used as protective weapons and to
Bats have long been linked to Dracula but these
creepy pests do not actually suck blood in real life. Their
terror of choice is that they can carry and spread several diseases
The totally creepy brown recluse spider
is nocturnal and it feeds on cockroaches and crickets.
Unfortunately, if these spiders feel threatened by humans
they will bite, leaving behind a tale tell "volcano lesion" - a
large, damaged hole in the flesh. You can identify this scary pest
by the dark brown "violin-like" marking on their
We hope we didn't scare you too much with our list
of creepy pests and wish you a spooktacular