Creepy Crawlies Send Chills down the Spine This Halloween
Shay Runion, VP Professional Development
Here at Arrow Exterminators, Halloween is one of our favorite
times of the year. In addition to handing out candy and seeing
everyone all dressed up in their costumes, we also get to share
stories about REAL creepy crawlies. Unfortunately, unlike
werewolves, goblins, ghosts and vampires, these pests might really
be lurking in your own backyard.
In celebration of this haunting time of year, we've put together
a list of the top five scariest pests for Halloween - we promise
that these tales will send chills down your spine!
- Earwigs: Have you ever worried that a pest might crawl into
your ear in the middle of the night while you're sleeping? That
scary feeling may have originated from earwigs, which literally
means ear creature. Centuries ago, people used to believe that if
an earwig crawled into an ear, it could drill a hole into your
brain. Luckily, this is just a myth; however, you might be
frightened by this pest's scary forceps, used as protective weapons
to capture prey.
- Flesh Flies: Flesh flies get their name from their occasional
tendency to lay eggs in the open wounds of mammals. Luckily, flesh
flies are more likely to breed in dung or decaying material -
rather than eat us alive!
- Bats: We always hear about bats during Halloween, especially
since vampires seem to be everywhere these days. Luckily, unlike
the vampires we see on television and in movies, bats do not suck
blood; however, they can spread diseases, such as rabies.
- Brown Recluse Spiders: Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal
pests that feed on cockroaches and crickets. Unfortunately, if
these spiders feel threatened by humans, they will bite, leaving
behind "volcano lesions" - a large, damaged hole in the flesh.
Other side effects include severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever
and muscle pain.
- Bed Bugs: Everyone knows the phrase "Sleep tight, don't let the
bed bugs bite." But, could you ever have imagined these bugs to be
real? In recent years, bed bugs have made a strong resurgence due
to increased international travel and a developed tolerance to
pesticides. Nocturnal creatures, they bite unsuspecting victims in
their sleep and may leave behind painful, itchy welts. Because bed
bugs are difficult to treat, we always encourage homeowners to call
a pest professional immediately if they suspect an