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Top 5 Pests That Will Fit in a Bread Box

Sometimes big things come in small packages – and unfortunately, this applies to poisonous pests. Some of the world’s poisonous animals are small enough to fit in a bread box (although you might want to wrap a chain around it if you ever actually got these creatures inside!) Below we’ll discuss the top five poisonous pests that can fit in a bread box.

Sea Wasp

Sea Wasp

Ever hear of the sea wasp? No? Well, don’t let its name fool you – this critter is actually not a wasp, but a jelly fish, although both creatures deliver painful stings. The sea wasp lives in the Indo-Pacific region, and while its body (or bell) only grows to be about 10 – 12 inches (or 25 – 30 cm,) its tentacles would have to be folded in order to fit this guy into your breadbox. The sea wasp delivers a very painful, very dangerous sting, that can easily kill a person, with its venom paralyzing the victim’s heart in approximately 30 seconds. Victims have actually died from shock or heart failure before reaching shore after being stung by sea wasps. Its translucent skin makes it difficult to see, putting swimmers at risk.

Cone Shell

Cone Shell

Even if you’re a hard core sea shell collector, you will probably want to pass on the cone shell. The cone shell is actually a marine snail that lurks in the Indo-Pacific region. They can grow to be as large as 6 inches (or 15 cm) long, and are a force to be reckoned with. The cone shell is extremely toxic, delivering venom through a dart similar that resembles a harpoon, which in turn causes pain, dizziness, numbness, and paralysis. If you’re still not convinced that this “sea shell” is dangerous, take this into consideration: the venom from one sting is potent enough to kill several people. Fatalities may be rare, but there is no anti-venom, rendering the cone shell extremely deadly.



Mosquitoes are in overabundance if you live in warm climates. While most mosquito bites aren’t deadly, they are known to transmit diseases that can be – such as yellow fever, malaria, filariasis, dengue, West Nile virus, meningitis, and even HIV. If a mosquito is infected with parasites , they can transfer their diseases to your blood by biting you.

Poison Frog

Poison frog

Poison frogs may be tiny – measuring from half an inch to two and a half inches – but their skin sure is deadly. These frogs prefer to dwell in the tropical areas of Central and Southern America, and their brightly colored skin can be extremely potent – so if you ever encounter one, be sure not to pop it into your mouth!

Tsetse Fly

Tsetse Fly

The Tsetse fly from Africa measures less than an inch long, but this blood sucker is known to wreak havoc on those who encounter it. Its blade-like mandibles pierce the skin on humans and other animals, and can pass on parasites that it’s been infected with – including the “sleeping sickness.” Symptoms include drowsiness, fever, and swelling of the lymph nodes. The sleeping sickness can be fatal if not treated.

So there you have it – 5 poisonous pests that can fit in your breadbox. These creatures may be small, but they are certainly deadly – and you might just want to bury your breadbox if you ever capture any of these in it!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Virginia Beach pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle

One of the most explosive pest control social media pieces this last summer happened to be a word search puzzle. You’ve most likely seen it shared on Facebook. Essentially, the word search puzzle had 12 different pests hidden inside; and a few words that were not pests. Participants on Facebook were asked to comment on the word search puzzle, with the first pest that they found… And boy did they ever! To date, there have been almost 13,000 comments on the puzzle.

Now, I’m getting ahead of myself. First you need to see the word search pest test puzzle for yourself:

The Word Search Pest Test Puzzle

Wordsearch puzzle

Now that you’ve seen the word search puzzle, was the first pest that you found? Are you interested in comparing your find to everyone else who commented their find on Facebook? Check out the following infographic, as it breaks down all of the comments and lets us know exactly what pest people were finding.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle 

Pest Word Search Infographic

Staying Pest Free In The Winter: 4 Tips To Help You Reclaim Your Home

As fall fades away, families spend more time indoors talking, playing games and gathering around the fireplace. However, they aren’t the only ones who want to seek shelter from the cold; many pests, like mice and roaches, are also interested in staying warm and comfortable. Naturally, you don’t want anything in your home that doesn’t belong there. The following tips will help you reclaim your living space from these little intruders.

Use Plastic, Not Paper

It is important to store your pantry food in a container that pests can’t gain access to. The paper boxes you purchased the food in, therefore, are not going to work. Instead, place your food in a plastic container. Rodents will be hard pressed to chew through them, and they have the added bonus of keeping your food much fresher over time. Remember, one of the reasons that pests are entering your home is because they want easy access to food. If you take away that access, they will have to go elsewhere in order to survive.

Clean Regularly

If nothing else, pick up your home each evening so the floor space is clean. Anything you leave laying around is a haven for pests; they can hide in it and will consequently feel comfortable putting down roots in your house. Completing a quick pick up will make your living space look better and should also discourage pests from making your house their home.

Seal Up Holes

Walk around the perimeter of your house, and take the time to closely examine the walls. If you see a hole or a crack, make sure to close it up. Even larger pests, like mice or rats, can squeeze into very small spaces, so it is important that you don’t neglect to fix any openings that you find. A bit of caulk should solve most problems, but if you have a particularly large hole, you may need to bring in a handyman to take a look at the situation.

Check Your Screens

If you have mesh screens covering your doors and windows, periodically check them for any holes or tears. Much like a crack in your foundation, a hole in your screen will allow all different types of pests to get into your home. These screens are useful, though, for allowing fresh air to flow into your space, so you shouldn’t discontinue their use altogether. Simply be vigilant about maintaining them properly.

While many people think of summer as being the prime season for pest problems, the truth is, winter can be quite difficult as well. If you are struggling to control the pest population in your home, try the four tips above. With enough time and effort, you should be able to get rid of pests once and for all.

Morgan is a proud mother who enjoys spending her days discovering fun and interesting things to do with her young son. At night, she is an avid writer and solves all her pest problems with the help of a Jersey City Pest Control company.

A Friendly Visit

Copyright ? 2010 Pest-Control-Stories. Visit the original article at http://blogpestcontrol.com/2010/01/a-friendly-visit/.A Friendly Visit By: Oliver Gomez It’s a beautiful day and the doorbell is ringing. The man at the door says its Bulwark calling

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A Friendly Visit