THE TOP FIVE CREEPIEST PESTS (1)
Be on the Lookout This Halloween
One might think that vampires, ghosts and witches are the scariest creatures around this Halloween, but these are just make believe and there are some real terrors that might be lurking in your own backyard. With Halloween just around the corner, Arrow Exterminators has created a list of the top five creepy pests that will send chills down anyone's spine.
"Halloween is the perfect time of year to really think about some of the scariest pests out there -which can be someone's worst nightmare," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "While many may have heard horror stories about these pests, most don't fully understand these creepy creatures and we hope our list will help shed some light on potentially real Halloween horrors."
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: Bats are thought to be scary because of their relation to vampires or Dracula, but while these creepy fliers don't suck blood in real life, they can spread several diseases including rabies.
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: While vampires might not be running around biting humans for their blood, unfortunately, bed bugs are. 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 they 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.