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 one's spine.

"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."

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.