During Spooky Season, almost everyone enjoys a good story about creepy creatures and gruesome ghouls - but what if the specters haunting your halls are more than just stories? Sometimes, the most terrifying tales are rooted in truth. In honor of Halloween, here are some frightening facts about very real things that go bump in the night.
- Some species of cockroach can live without their heads for several weeks, and even then, dehydration is usually the cause of death.
- Real-life vampires: Bed bugs are nocturnal, coming out at night to feed on human blood while we sleep.
- As a general rule, spiders suck the blood or "juices" from their prey using special digestive fluids.
- Mosquitoes can drink up to three times their body weight in blood (about 1.6 million gallons of human blood per year).
- The praying mantis is known for cannibalism, especially the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate after (or during) mating.
- Some cockroaches can crawl at speeds over 3 miles per hour, which just about equates to a human moving at 200 miles per hour.
- Zombie ants are real: The fungus Ophiocordyceps takes over the ant's central nervous system, blocking signals from the brain and essentially taking control.
- Rats have in fact been documented emerging from sewers through toilets.
- Ticks secrete small amounts of anesthetic in their saliva, so their victims don't feel a thing.
- Female mice can have up to 15 litters per year, with an average litter size of about 10-12 babies - now that's some scary math.
Whatever might have possessed your pad, the Burgess Pest team is here to exorcise it - No tricks, just the treat of a pest-free home.