Delaware Creepy March 31, 2020
9 Creepy Critters You Might Encounter When You’re Out And About In Delaware
Right now, Governor Carney is encouraging everyone in Delaware to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While it may seem like a drag to be “quarantined,” it might help you to realize all of the creepy creatures in Delaware that are also missing out on human interaction right now…
1. Kissing Bugs
These creepy flying insects bite faces — hence their name. They have the potential to transmit Chagas, which can lead to cardiac and gastrointestinal complications in up to 30 percent of infected people. Chagas mainly affects children and those with weakened immune systems. You'll find kissing bugs on leafy trails and in woodsy piles.
2. Camel Crickets, or Sprickets
Everyone in Delaware has encountered these awful jumping terrors! They're typically found outside in the woods, but be sure to rake leaves away from entrances and keep your woodpile far from your house or you may end up with them in your basement, too.
There aren't many venomous snakes in Delaware, but you do have to watch out for Copperheads. One bite can be deadly — but luckily, they only strike when threatened.
4. Timber Rattlesnakes
Timber Rattlesnakes are the other venomous snake in the First State. Watch where you step — they blend into their environment really well.
5. Deadly Jellyfish
Do you remember when Portuguese man o' war jellyfish closed all of our beaches? These beautiful creatures cause quite a sting that's been known to kill.
6. Black Widow Spiders
Bites from the black widow spider are incredibly painful and can be fatal. Watch out for these when you're working the yard or hiking through Delaware parks and forests.
7. Lone Star Ticks
Lone Star Ticks spread a toxin that can cause a lifelong allergy to red meat. Be sure to use tick protection when you go hiking in Delaware.
8. Giant Water Bugs
Giant Water Bugs are CREEPY! These nibbly nuisances like to hang out at the bottom of lakes and ponds and bite the toes of those who step too near.
9. Deer Ticks
Delaware is one of the top states for Lymes infection, so deer ticks are truly dangerous. Tick diseases can be deadly, so be sure to use appropriate bug spray and check yourself regularly after being outside.
What other creepy creatures in Delaware have shown up on your walks and adventures? Let us know in the comments below, and inspire all of us to stay home right now.