Three Pests Who’d Make Great Athletes

We deal with Toronto’s pests and wildlife every single day, yet their physical prowess never ceases to amaze us.

It seems no matter the pest, they display either lighting speed, ninja-like reflexes, or awesome strength.

At Terminix, we often wonder – how would these pests and wildlife perform in a sporting arena?

Raccoon Fighting Championship

Raccoons are cagey and unafraid of a fight. But they’re also agile, resourceful, and intelligent.

As any home owner in Toronto will tell you, raccoons find the most outlandish ways to access your garbage and compost bins. No matter your defensive strategy, these crafty little devils will utilize their tremendous athleticism to access your bin, and feast upon the fruits of their conquest, leaving your yard a disheveled mess.

But what’s most impressive (re: terrifying), is the raccoon’s ability to fight. They will literally aim to scratch out a dog’s eyes.

Raccoons tenaciously bite and scratch with amazing speed and ferocity, to the point of penetrating a canine’s chest wall, collapsing its lungs. They’ve also been known to lacerate a pup’s urethra, causing urine to accumulate underneath the skin, resulting in possible secondary kidney failure.

Best Sport for Raccoons: These vicious little goons would be fantastic no-holds-barred cage fighters. They fear nothing, and cause mayhem wherever they go, posing a threat to any opponent—humans included.

Plus, their intelligence makes them apt at identifying and capitalizing upon opponents’ weaknesses.

The World’s Strongest Dung Beetle

The Onthophagus Taurus, otherwise known as the horned dung beetle, is the world’s strongest insect. It can lift 1,141 times its own body weight, which is the equivalent of a 150lb human lifting six full double-decker buses.

Jonas Rantanen of Finland, weighing 308lb, owns the world’s biggest squat at 1268lb—approximately four times his bodyweight. As impressive as they are, those numbers pale in comparison to the horned dung beetle’s unmatched pound-for-pound strength.

Best Sport for the Horned Dung Beetle: The horned dung beetle should focus its athletic exploits on either powerlifting, Olympic lifting, strong man competitions, or lumberjack competitions.

Squirrel-Nastics

A squirrel can rotate their ankles 180°, and can point their feet backwards. Razor-sharp claws are coupled with nails resembling needles, giving them the ability to climb upwards and downwards, and cling to tree limbs or tree trunks with their hind legs.

Thus, squirrels move fluidly in any direction, even while scurrying head first down a tree, hanging onto the bark with their back two feet. In contrast, cats make their descent bottom-first—a clunky, dangerous approach to climbing. That’s why they always get stuck in trees.

The Eastern Gray Squirrel is the most impressive of the squirrel species, with claws providing a grip for hopping from tree to tree. Their claws give them the leverage to jump up to six feet vertically and eight feet horizontally.

Best Sport for the Squirrel: The squirrel is tailor-made for gymnastics. It’s flexibility, dexterity, and proclivity for death-defying stunts would make this pest a shoe-in for several gold medals.


Pests such as beetles, raccoons, or squirrels, are physically-gifted critters. After all, it’s what allows them to be so adept at making our lives miserable when they invade our property.

If you’re dealing with an infestation, Terminix Canada offers environmentally friendly pest and wildlife control, removal, and prevention services throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Contact us for a consultation today!