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Creepy Crawlers: The Pests of Halloween

Halloween is a time for spooky, creepy and scary fun. There are a few pests who specialize in giving people the heebie-jeebies, including rats, cockroaches and spiders. Read on to find out a little more about the history of these pests, and why they have become such staples in Halloween decor.


There are a few reasons rats are considered creepy, one of them being that they are nocturnal creatures. This means they are most active during the hours of dusk to dawn, when it is dark and hard to see them. Many people are naturally afraid of what they can’t see, making rats a prime candidate for spooky Halloween decorations! 

A second, more morbid reason that rats are associated with Halloween is their involvement in spreading The “Black Plague” during the Middle Ages. They carried the disease across Europe, killing almost ⅓ of the population. It’s no wonder that they are now heavily associated with death, and are considered filthy critters. 


Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, and it is one of the most common phobias. Spiders tend to build their webs in dark corners that aren’t frequented by humans, making it all the more surprising when you walk into a cobweb.

Since they are such a common source of fear for people, they are also commonly associated with Halloween, making them perfect for our list of Creepy Crawlers. 

There are a few superstitions about spiders on Halloween, one of which states that if you see a spider on Halloween, it means the spirit of a loved one is watching over you.  


Another gruesome pest that’s associated with Halloween is the cockroach. They are commonly associated with disease, filth and unsanitary conditions (although you can find them in clean areas as well!). You can find bags of plastic roaches to use in decoration, and there are plenty of recipes online to make edible Halloween treats that resemble the pests. 
Like rats, cockroaches carry with them an association with the dead. This probably stems from their tendency to carry disease, and even cause severe asthma symptoms in some people. There is also a breed of cockroach that has a skull-like marking on its head, known as the death’s head cockroach, perpetuating their connection to death. 

Although it can be fun to decorate for Halloween with plastic versions of these spooky critters, you don’t want to come across the real deal in your home!  To learn more about eliminating your unwanted creepy crawlers, give the team at Richland Pest & Bee Control a call today at 1-800-308-9126.

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