Three Species that Cause Nightmares

This week we celebrate Halloween the Gibson Pest way! You may not be afraid of ghost, goblins, or things that go bump in the night-but these creepy crawlers are sure to give you the willies! Luckily, these species don’t habitate anywhere near Western North Carolina, so don’t have too many nightmares!


The Assassin Bug

While the assassin bug isn’t a particularly large bug, it’s barely half an inch in size, it does strike fear into the hearts of almost every other species across Malaysia.

After killing other insects, the assassin bug, injects its victim with an enzyme which dissolves and softens the insides of the bug and then consumes those insides, leaving nothing but an exoskeleton.

The assassin then takes the former bug’s shell and uses a sticky secretion to attach it to it’s back, and by doing this repitisiously, it creates a thick layer of protective armor that also acts as camoflouge and intimidates humans and bugs alike!


Japanese Giant Hornet

The Japanese giant hornet comes by its name honestly. It is a large insect and adults can be more than 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in) long, with a wingspan greater than 6 centimetres (2.4 in).

While the bug’s size is intimidating, that doesn’t compare to what makes it so alarming. Japanese Giant Hornets are known for being aggressive and emitting acid which is poisonous to humans and melts their flesh. To add insult to injury, when you’ve been hit with this acid, it contains a pheremone that will attract other hornets to you who can continue to sting you over and over again, potentially leading to death.

The potency of the sting is due to the relatively large amount of venom injected. Being stung is extremely painful and can require hospital treatment. The Japanese giant hornet is large and can be very aggressive if provoked. It has a venom The stings can cause renal failure.Thirty to forty people die in Japan every year after having been stung, which makes the Japanese giant hornet the second most lethal animal in Japan after humans.

Wandering Spider

Wandering spiders are often mistaken for tarantulas due to their size and similar hairiness. However, wandering spiders are much more fast moving and aggressive than tarantulas and are considered the most venomous species of spider. Its venom contains a potent neurotoxin, which acts as a broad-spectrum calcium channel blocker that inhibits glutamate release, calcium uptake and also glutamate uptake in neural synapses. At deadly concentrations, this neurotoxin causes loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation. In addition, the venom causes intense pain and inflammation following a bite due to an excitatory effect the venom has on the serotonin 5-HT4 receptors of sensory nerves. This sensory nerve stimulation causes a release of neuropeptides such as substance P which triggers inflammation and pain.

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