Top 5 Scariest Pests
It’s Halloween season again; the time for witches, ghouls, and goblins. This holiday is famous for its spooky and creepy creatures and spirits. However, you don’t need to wait for ghost stories and horror movies for your yearly dose of terrifying characters. Sometimes reality is stranger—and scarier—than fiction. In fact, Mother Nature has provided us with several peculiar pests that are sure to give you nightmares. Don’t say we didn't warn you; here are the top 5 scariest pests.1. Goliath Birdeater
Goliath birdeaters are the world’s most massive spiders. And wow, are they huge. It’s unlikely one of these will come bother you, but that doesn't make them any less terrifying. These spiders can get up to a foot long and weigh 6 ounces. Resembling large tarantulas, they’re famous for being able to hunt and kill prey much larger than other spiders are capable of, including some birds.
2. Giant Centipedes
If these pests don’t give you the creepy-crawlies, nothing will. Giant centipedes are relatively widespread and can grow to be a foot long or more. Worse, they can be quite venomous and deadly. Though they usually feed on insects and small rodents, they have been known to bite humans as well.
Imagine going to sleep in your bed, assuming that you’re safe and sound, only to wake up to dozens of bloody sores. As scary as that sounds, it happens all the time. Bed bugs are a spreading problem. The’re scary not just because of their vampiric feeding habits, but also for their sneakiness. Most people don’t realize they have a problem until bed bugs have already infested a home and are feeding on its inhabitants. To make things worse, bed bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of.
4. Japanese Giant Hornets
Forget Godzilla; there are real abnormal terrors in Japan you need to worry about. Take the giant hornet; a 3-inch-long flying insect from Japan. As if being an oversized buzzing beast wasn't enough, these bugs are also famous for spraying corrosive acid. And they like to aim for the eyes. Oh yeah, the acid also attracts more wasps. Good luck outrunning them.
5. Rat Kings
Rat kings aren't individual animals, but a collection of them. When a colony of rats feels threatened, it will instinctively huddle up in a tight circle with each rodent facing outward. This allows the animals to share body warmth while facing all directions at once. Sometimes the rats assume this defensive position in a very enclosed space. If they stay there too long, the rodents can eventually become tied together. Their tails become entangled and fused together with dried mud, blood, and feces, resulting in a horrifying sight.