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As the days grow shorter and the temperatures grow a little colder, you can feel in your bones that Halloween is just around the corner. However, you don’t have to wait for that spooky celebration to have your home invaded by the creatures of the night. Year-round infestations can turn your happy home into a Halloween nightmare no matter what time of year it is! They can damage your homes, endanger your health, and even harm your family. This may seem like a dire warning for such small pests, but these three infestations can make your home a horror show.

Black Widow Spider

Have you ever noticed that one of the most popular Halloween decorations is a simple black spider? That is no coincidence. Black widow spiders just might be the inspiration for every decoration. Their venomous bite is not only painful but can cause respiratory paralysis that can be lethal for certain vulnerable persons such as children and the elderly. Their infestations tend to be in the darkest parts of your home; areas such as attics, basements, and behind appliances. Although not aggressive by nature, they have been known to bite when their webs are disturbed, and they are difficult to see in the dark.

Pack Rats

Do you hear that skittering in the walls in your attic? It may just be your imagination or your mind playing tricks in the night, but it just might be pack rats. You don’t need Count Dracula controlling these rodents for them to cause major problems in your home. Their presence can cause very expensive damage to insulation and wiring in your home as they chew through them to create their nests, but the true danger they pose is the diseases and parasites that their droppings can bring into your home. These little home invaders can be a double threat because their nests can attract other more dangerous creatures that prey on them, such as our next spooky insect:

Kissing Bugs

Imagine a creature that hides in the darkness. It creeps over your covers, skitters across your neck and over your chin, and when it finally reaches your face, it strikes! It isn’t a vampire, but the kissing bug (also called the assassin bug) still lives on your blood and its bite can transmit parasites that cause such dreadful maladies as Chagas disease. This opportunistic insect can be a real-life nightmare when it infests your house. A hearty and adaptable parasite capable of living in any nook and cranny in your home, it can feed on wild animals, pets – or humans – when given the opportunity.

If you think that your home has fallen prey to Arizona’s spookiest nocturnal pests, and your best efforts have not discovered where they hide when the sun comes up, the pest exorcists here at University Termite and Pest Control are your friendly neighborhood solution. Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step toward a pest-free home and good night’s sleep.


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