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Creepy Crawlers: Everything You Need to Know About Bats & Spiders

October 29, 2014

It's that spooky time of year. Halloween is just around the corner. Haunted houses are in full swing and costumes are flying off the shelf. Kids (and adults) are carving scary images into pumpkins and loading up on delicious candy. With the Halloween spirit in mind, we thought we would share with you some of our favorite creepy crawlers, facts, myths, and some fun Halloween trivia.

We have had lots of experience removing those creepy crawlers that make you scream in fear as you leap onto the couch or dive under a blanket. Some of them make your skin crawl just thinking about them. Fortunately, there is one holiday where we embrace these creepy crawlers, decorate with them, and even eat them! (Edible imitations, that is.) 

Creepy Crawlers

Bats and spiders are two creepy crawlers always associated with Halloween. However, the origins of why they are associated may not be as scary as you think. In the ancient origins of Halloween, people would build big bonfires and gather around them. The bonfires would attract insects. The insects flying around the bonfires would attract bats since bats eat insects.

The history of the Halloween connection with spiders is a little less clear. Spiders are drawn to dark and dusty places. Abandoned houses and buildings are perfect lodgings for spiders. These are also great haunted house locations. Regardless of the connection with spiders and Halloween, many people are afraid of spiders. They have 8 legs, multiple eyes, and hairy bodies. That alone is enough to stop you in your tracks when you see one. Fortunately, spiders make great Halloween decorations and spider webs create a nice addition to the eerie feel. Trick-or-treaters beware!

Although cockroaches and centipedes are not necessarily associated with Halloween, they are definitely considered creepy crawlers! Centipedes can have over one hundred legs. They move quick which can cause a little scare in anyone. Cockroaches and centipedes are both nocturnal, making them great additions to your dark, spooky Halloween night. 

Fun Facts About Pests

  • Cobwebs are abandoned spider webs
  • Not all spiders make webs
  • Only 3 species of spiders in the U.S. have poisonous venom: hobo, brown recluse, and black widow
  • Bats are not birds, they are mammals
  • Bats can eat 1,200 mosquitoes in one hour
  • Vampire bats were thought to suck blood from humans, but they mostly feed from animals
  • Centipedes do not have 100 legs
  • Cockroaches can live without food for almost a month
  • Cockroaches can live for over a week without their head

Halloween Myths

  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one looking over you
  • If a bat flies into your house, it is a sign ghosts are present, and the ghosts might have let the bat in
  • If a bat flies around your house 3 times, it is an omen of death
  • It is a sign of good weather if bats come out earlier in the evening

Halloween Trivia

  • It was feared that witches used bats and bat blood in their brews and ointment
  • Halloween is the second-most commercial American holiday after Christmas
  • The fear of Halloween is samhainophobia
  • Jack-O-Lanterns were originally carved into turnips, not pumpkins

Halloween is a fun time of year when those pests we've been getting rid of for you all year are being used to decorate homes and haunted houses! Who would have thought? See, those creepy crawlers don't always have to be a nuisance! If you do run into problems with creepy crawlers and other pests, don't forget, Preferred Pest Control is here to help. We offer a broad range of services to get pests out and keep them out. Call us today!