Nocturnal insects

Posted on: January 27, 2022, in Blog

While you’re sleeping, some insects rise and shine to get ready to bite you, scavenge around your property, and terrorize your garden plants.

We had a look at the most common nocturnal insects that come out at night to disturb your peace.


Mosquitos are rated #1 on the list of the most dangerous insects in the world due to the many deadly diseases that they spread – like malaria, yellow fever, zika and dengue fever. They typically live in warmer climates and some species come out to feed on human blood once it starts to get dark. They are attracted by the carbon dioxide that we breathe out as well as pheromones that our bodies give off.


There are thousands of moth species, most of which are nocturnal. They’re often known as butterflies of the night! They emerge after dark to pollinate flowers (and fly into porch light bulbs). Scientists guess that moths and other night insects are attracted to light because they used the moon to navigate before electricity was invented.

Bed bugs

Perhaps the most dreaded nighttime pest of them all, bed bugs are sneaky little bloodsuckers. They hide in nooks and crannies are almost undetectable to the untrained eye. Bedbugs secrete a special anesthetic in their saliva when they bite you, so you don’t feel anything at the time. So they have a feast while you sleep, and you will only feel the pain of the bites later when you wake up and it has worn off. A very sneaky adaptation!


Snails can sleep in any position – sideways or even upside down. Much of their sleep takes place in the daytime. They are more active at night to avoid the intensity of sunlight while they love to feed on the most tender flower buds and seedlings.


Earwigs are another nocturnal nuisance that can damage garden plants like lettuce and even bite humans when disturbed. They’re attracted to moisture, so if you want to avoid an accidental run-in with one of these pincered creatures, shake off towels and seat cushions before drying off after a swim or sitting down to eat.

Whether you are pestered by insects in the daytime or at night, contact Service Master to take care of your insect infestation.

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