Pests that go Bump in the Night

There are two types of pests in this world: those that are unpleasant and those that are downright TERRIFYING. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s take a look at some of the creepier critters around.


Bats – One of the pests most commonly associated with Halloween is the bat. Unlike the others on this list, the creep factor with bats is that they can fly and hide out in the dark corners of buildings. To raise the level of spookiness even higher, this nocturnal nuisance can also carry rabies.


Rats – Another Halloween staple (and my personal least favorite), rats not only send shivers down spines, but they can carry disease and cause fire hazards by chewing through wires. Plus, rats are more flexible than they are sometimes given credit for – they can fit through an opening the size of a quarter.

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the few will bite.

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the few that will bite.

Spiders – While spider decorations are common this time of year, actual spiders are not as desirable to have around your home. Other than just looking creepy, some species of spiders can bite.

bed bug

Bed bugs – Bed bugs aren’t traditionally associated with Halloween, but since they feed off of human blood, they definitely fit into the category of “terrifying.” The good news is that these little blood-feeders don’t transmit disease. However, their bites can cause skin irritation and itching.

Here’s to hoping your Halloween is plenty spooky without encountering one of the creepy crawlers on our list. Happy Halloween!


Batzner’s Racing Cockroaches Return

On Thursday, October 9th, Batzner’s racing Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches took to the track for their 14th annual running. Once again, the races served as the main event of Customer Service Week at Batzner. IMG_3315-2IMG_3309-2The racing was exciting as usual, with ten teams of Batzner employees cheering their respective roach down the twelve-foot-long race track. In a close finish, roach number seven edged out roach number three and crossed the line first, earning the win and a year of bragging rights for his team.

IMG_3324-2-2Batzner made a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation on behalf of the winning team in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the “Go Pink” initiative at Batzner.