13 Bizarre, Disgusting and Unbelievable Infestations

13 Bizarre, Disgusting and Unbelievable Infestations

Well, our skin was crawling while we rounded up these facts, so if you want to delve into this bad boy, get ready for the tingles. Fortunately, you can just read about these from the safety of your… LOOK BEHIND YOU!!! Reading that probably didn’t have the shocking effect that we hoped for, but we work with what we have, okay?! Honestly though, if you think reading about these is chilling, imagine actually being “ankle deep” in creepy crawlies, or have so much of something in your house that you could taste them in the water.

Facts-wise, some of these numbers are just astounding. 3.8 million of anything is just way too much. Maybe Skittles, we’d be fine with those. Sometimes, the numbers were so incalculable that these pests were measured in how much land they covered. “Pests” is too cutesy a word for them. Being “pestered” by something seems like it could be remedied with one flick of the wrist. Bulldozers, tactical teams, and even a gang of deputized cats were needed for these 13 bizarre, disgusting, and unbelievable infestations.

It doesn’t get more nightmarish than this.

CRACKED SNAKE WATER. The Idaho home's previous owners stated that the house had snakes, but current owner Ben Sessions found out it had so many snakes that his family could taste them in the water. They could hear them in the walls at night, and the house was foreclosed.


Sting my kids, just leave me some of that sweet, sweet honey.

CRACKED BUSY, BUSY BEES. Hundreds of thousands of bees infested the Houston home of Josie Parra. They terrorized her family for over 2 years, but on the bright side, she harvested over 200 lbs of honey.

Realtor / Terminix 

Aw, my stash got raided!

CRACKED ACORN-HOARDING WOODPECKERS. Nick's Extreme Pest Control in Santa Rosa cracked open a homeowner's wall, and 700 lbs of acorns completely filled the room.

NPR  / Audubon 

Do you swear to kill rats to the best of your abilities?

CRACKED CHICAGO'S ANTI-RAT CAT DEPUTIES. When a Chicago resident said she had about 400 rats living next door, the Humane Society enlisted the help of a feral cat colony. The program was so successful that other neighborhoods requested their own anti-rat feline deputies.


Man, New York has been through some shit over the years.

CRACKED THE BED BUG CZAR OF NYC. In 2010, NYC had around 24,000 complaints of major bed bug infestations. People avoided stores, theaters, and even fled the city. Then-mayor Bloomberg set up a bed bug advisory board, and appointed a Bed Bug Czar.

The Guardian / Wikipedia 

Long before humans, rats ran Australia.

CRACKED A CONTINENT-WIDE INFESTATION. Australian rats today are descendants of a single invasive rat species that arrived on floating coconut palm leaves over 6 million years ago. Today, it is estimated that Sydney, Australia alone has over 500 million rats.

CNN / Wikipedia 

It’s just supply and demand, baby!

CRACKED THE GREAT HANOI RAT MASSACRE. In 1902, tens of thousands of rats infested Hanoi's sewer system. Rat hunters were paid for every rat tail, and they brought in 4,000 - 20,000 tails per day. To ensure long-lasting profits, the hunters just cut the tails off to keep the rats alive and breeding.

Atlas Obscura

If the frogs come next, we know we’re in big trouble.

CRACKED LOCUSTS WENT BIBLICAL IN MADAGASCAR. At 15 km long, this Madagascan locust swarm is one of the biggest ever recorded. They infested over half of the island's cultivated land, causing the loss of 630,000 tonnes of rice.

The Guardian / Mashable 

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