If you moved to Phoenix from a totally different climate, you're bound to have a disturbing night out when you're decked in high heels or a new pair of kicks, and a giant roach scurries across the sidewalk and onto -- or at least, eerily close to -- your foot. Shudder.
We may not have mosquitoes or lightning bugs, but we sure as hell have a ton of roaches. And cicadas. And scorpions.
The good news is that your unfortunate infestation could score you some cold, hard cash. Black Flag pest control is hosting a contest looking for the biggest, grossest bugs in America. That giant beetle you almost stomped? Yeah, it could score you $250 in cash, or at least a year's worth of insect-blasting products.
This isn't the first time that giant insects have been worth money. Peep bug art and find out how to enter the contest after the jump.
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When the CSI: Crime Scene Insects exhibit crawled into Arizona Science Center a few years ago, locals were literally bugged by the forensic entomology exhibit. Earlier this year, Alabama's Gulf Coast Exploreum welcomed a similar show, albeit with giant animatronic critters as the main attraction. There was even a giant bug bicycle-car spotted on the playa at Burning Man one year.
Clearly, we're fascinated by creepy-crawlies -- as evidenced by the recent emergence of local artist Lindsey Bessanson's clockwork bugs onto the art scene. We first spotted her preserved beetles, scorpions and other critters in Alwun House's Intertemporalist Steampunk Exposition and then again at Galeria de los Muertos on Roosevelt Row and Evermore Nevermore in Mesa.
If you've already got some lurking around and want to enter that big bug contest, submit a photo of your gargantuan pest -- with a can of Black Flag product in the background, natch -- to the "Insectosaur" website. Sadly, the rules state, "no photos of ex-spouses please. Only photos of real insects and arachnids (spiders and scorpions) will be considered."