HALLOWEEN HORRORS: THE TOP FIVE SCARIEST PESTS Creepy Crawlies Cause Fright This Halloween
over ghosts, goblins, vampires and werewolves. While these
terrors may be frightening, they are pure fantasy. Unfortunately,
real horrors may be lurking in your own backyard. With Halloween
just a couple of weeks away, Arrow Exterminators has created a list
of the top five scariest pests that promise to send chills down
"Halloween is a great time of the year to discuss a few of the
scariest pests out there - some of which can be one's worst
nightmare," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "While many may
have heard horror stories about these pests, most don't fully
understand what they are capable of doing. Hopefully our list will
shed some light on these gross creepy crawlies."
- Flesh Flies: Flesh flies are typically found
breeding in feces or decaying material but some species lay their
eggs in the open wounds of mammals - hence the name flesh flies.
They typically feed on decaying flesh, dead insects, excrement,
crabs, snails and spiders.
- Bats: Whenever bats are mentioned during
Halloween, it is usually in reference to vampires or Dracula.
Luckily, unlike vampires, bats do not suck blood; however, they can
spread diseases, such as rabies which makes bat control &
prevention something a homeowner should strongly consider.
- Earwigs: The name earwig literally means ear
creature. Its name is derived from the superstition that these
pests would crawl into ears and bore holes into the brain. While
this story is false, earwigs do possess scary, claw-like forceps on
their abdomen. The forceps are used as weapons for protection, as
well as for capturing prey.
- Brown Recluse Spiders: Brown recluse spiders
are recognized by the dark brown "violin-like" marking on their
back. The spiders are nocturnal and tend to feed on cockroaches and
crickets. However, they will also bite humans if they feel
threatened, potentially leaving a "volcano lesion" - a large,
damaged hole in the flesh. In extreme cases, severe itching,
nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle pain can also occur.
- Bed Bugs: Everyone knows the phrase, "Sleep
tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite!" Unfortunately, this saying
holds a great amount of truth. Bed bugs are the size of an apple
seed and typically come out at night to feed on their unsuspecting
victims. Bed bugs do not spread disease but may leave behind itchy,
painful welts on their victims. If left untreated, bed bugs can be
a reoccurring nightmare since they can live for more than a year
without eating and survive a wide range of temperatures - from
freezing to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.