Like Halloween, bugs strike fear in our hearts as well.
In honor of the year’s spookiest holiday, here are 10 chilling bug facts that will make your skin crawl like a cockroach, which can crawl up to 3.4 miles per hour (which is the equivalent of a human crawling 200 miles per hour)!
#1. Mosquito Mania
Of the 4,000 species of mosquito in existence, 100 of them carry and transmit human disease.
#2. Zombies are Real (Zombie Ants, That is)
The fungus Ophiocordyceps infects ants, essentially making them zombies. It takes over an ant’s central nervous systems and blocks signals from its brain, so the fungus—not the ant—is in control.
#3. What's for Dinner?
Parent wasps feed meat to their young, mostly in the form of other insect larvae.
#4. Spider Sense
A spider uses hydraulic pressure to walk, pumping a liquid into its legs to extend them, like a terrifying, carnivorous machine.
#5. Liquid Diet
Spiders don’t chew their food, they liquify it outside of their bodies, pre-digesting it so they can suck it up and slurp it down.
#6. Not Your Average Skincare Routine
Cockroaches like to eat callused skin, fingernails, and eyelashes. They don’t usually go after living humans, but have been known to occasionally bite sleeping people.
A female fruit fly will lay 30 to 50 eggs per day during her life.
#8. You Are One in a Million
It is estimated that there are 1,000,000 ants for every person in the world.
#9. Mini Vampires?
A mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood.
#10. Get Your Head in the Game
A cockroach can live for an entire week without its head. It could go longer, but without the ability to drink water, it dehydrates.
Perhaps the spookiest thing about bugs is that killing them usually requires ingredients like pyrethroids, butane, and propane - but not with Zevo! Our sprays use friendly ingredients, like essential oils, that target unique parts of bugs that people don’t have. Finally, something that isn’t so scary.