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Furry fiends, scary scurriers, and creepy crawlers-- In honor of Spooky Season, we've compiled some frightening facts about common pests.

  • Things That Go Bump in the Night - Scary Pest FactsSome cockroaches can crawl at speeds over 3 miles per hour, which is about the equivalent of a human moving at 200 miles per hour (The Exorcist staircase scene, anyone?)

  • Zombies are real in the ant kingdom. The fungus Ophiocordyceps takes over the ant’s central nervous system, blocking signals from the brain and essentially taking control.

  • A mosquito can drink up to 3 times its body weight in blood.

  • A cockroach can live for about a week without its head, and even then, dehydration is what finally kills it.

  • Pillbugs can take in water through their mouth parts as well as their rear.

  • Real-life vampires: Bed bugs can survive for over a year without a meal, emerging to feed once they detect body heat.

  • Rats have in fact been documented emerging from sewers via toilets.

  • Ticks secrete small amounts of anesthetic in their saliva, so their victims can’t feel them attaching themselves.

  • A female mouse can have up to 15 litters per year- with an average litter size of 10-12 babies. That’s some pretty scary math.

Whatever pests are plaguing your pad, Burgess Pest Management has you covered better than a pillowcase ghost costume. Check out our Pad Protection Plans and our Home Sealer & Sanitizer Service and insulation cleanouts. There are no tricks-- just the treat of having a pest-free house.

We've got more spooky pest content coming this week! In the meantime, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs-- well, you know...


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Topics: Cape Cod Pest Control, Mosquitoes and Ticks, bed bugs, massachusetts pest control, rodents, fall pest control, south shore pest control, Boston pest control

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