Halloween Horrors: The Top Five Scariest Pests

Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016


 Creepy Crawlies Cause Fright This Halloween

Move 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 Charles Jones, 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.  Black Widows:Who isn’t “creeped out” after walking into a spider web?  The black widow spider is one that is very easy to recognize. The female has a distinct black abdomen, with a red or orange hourglass shaped mark, while the males are normally brown in color. If bit by this creepy insect, swelling and redness may occur, as well as a very sharp pain which may require medical attention. Be sure to avoid these spiders if you see them.
  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.
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