10 Bugs That Can Literally Kill You Part 3
While bugs are an essential part of the food chain, some are dangerous to humans and
animals. Some bugs are among the most dangerous, with toxic venom, the ability
to transmit deadly diseases, and more.
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10. Southern flannel moths
The Southern flannel moth is a fluffy little critter with a wingspan of
about 1 inch that can be found from New Jersey to Florida but is most common in Texas.
It's not the moth type though, which you should be concerned about. The venomous spines of its
larva, known as puss caterpillars, sting you, and the intensity of the sting are determined by
the thickness of your skin where you're stung.
Because of its venomous spines, the
caterpillar is considered a poisonous insect. When the fur-like spines of the caterpillar
come into contact with the skin, it causes a "grid-like hemorrhagic papular
eruption with extreme radiating pain." The pain is described by victims as being close to
that of a broken bone or blunt-force trauma, or even as white-hot.
The reactions are often
localised to the affected region, but they are often intense, causing burning, swelling, nausea,
headache, abdominal discomfort, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, numbness, or trouble
breathing. Sweating from welts or hives at the sting site is not uncommon. Burning pain and
swelling occur immediately after the sting.
9. Emerald Ash Borers
The emerald ash borer is Public Enemy No. 1 for those who
depend on ash trees to pay their bills, as well as environmentalists seeking to
protect the country's untouched land. While the insect does not pose a direct threat
to human health, it does pose long-term economic problems for the country as a whole. The annual
contribution of forest-based manufacturing, recreation, and tourism to the New York state
economy is projected to be over $9 billion, according to the New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation.
However, with this invasive species steadily consuming the
state's vast ash tree populations, New York alone could lose millions of dollars in the coming
years if these insects aren't eradicated.
8. Asian Citrus Psyllids
Asian citrus psyllids are a major threat to citrus plants and their relatives in states where
temperatures are consistently warm throughout the year. These insects, according to the US
Department of Agriculture, are carriers of a bacterium that causes Huanglongbing disease, also
known as citrus greening disease, which is one of the most dangerous citrus plant diseases in the
world. Asian citrus psyllids and the disease they bring have proven to be devastating to those who
depend on citrus plants for a living. According to the Atlantic, orange production in Florida fell
sharply in 2015, by 63 per cent to be exact. So it should come as no surprise that these little bugs
have cost the agriculture industry a significant amount of money since their discovery.
7. Bed Bugs
A bed bug infestation is everyone's worst
nightmare. These pests are not only difficult to get rid of once they've taken up residency
in your house, but they also enjoy feeding on human blood and leaving unpleasant, itchy bites in
Bed bugs are masters of concealment, and research suggests they've been plaguing
humans for thousands of years. Infestations of these critters should be taken seriously. In
hotels, on luggage, and even in folded clothes, bed bugs can be identified. While bed
bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they can cause insomnia and even secondary skin
infections as a result of itching. If you suspect you're dealing with a bed bug infestation, call
an exterminator as soon as possible. After all, one out of every five Americans has dealt
with these pests or knows someone who has.
Make sure you check your children for head lice after they play outdoors
this summer. While lice do not often pose a life-threatening threat to their human hosts, they
can be a very bothersome nuisance.
Head lice are present all over the world, but in the United
States, 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year among children aged 3 to 11. Although
the bugs themselves are not harmful, they are difficult to eradicate. It can spread quickly, and
cause secondary infections as a result of itching. Head lice can cause symptoms ranging from severe
itching to small red bumps on the scalp, ears, and shoulders, according to the Mayo Clinic.
5. German yellowjackets
People must keep their dangerous insects on
a leash at all times. The buzzing bullies were inadvertently brought into the United
States in Ohio in 1975, and they've been a concern ever since.
Yellowjackets will build
their nests anywhere they can find space, such as attics and under roofs, and they aren't
afraid to sting you repeatedly if you annoy them. They're a threat because they like to make nests
in attics and walls of buildings close to people. In the spring, German yellowjackets will create
new colonies, and by July, a single nest in your home may have over 4,000 wasps living in it.
stop a stressful scenario, don't leave food out, as they enjoy sweets, and always have a
screen on your doorways and windows.
4. Wolf Spiders
Unlike other venomous spiders, wolf spiders can be found almost anywhere on the
planet, regardless of habitat. What's the good news? Although they can appear to their prey to
be extremely dangerous, they aren't as likely to harm humans. While their bites contain venom,
they are not fatal. I hate to break it to you, but you've almost certainly seen a wolf spider
at some point in your life.
Wolf spiders are found all over the world, but there are over 200
species native to North America. The way females hold their eggs in a sac on their backs is the key
reason you should be afraid of these creatures. Hundreds of spiderlings can be released if you
squish a female wolf spider. A wolf spider, on the other hand, can inject poison into its pursuer
if it feels constantly provoked. When you've been bitten, you're likely to feel swelling, moderate
discomfort, and scratching at the bite site.
Termites aren't technically harmful to humans because they aren't known to bite humans, with
the exception of soldier termites. These pests, on the other hand, can infest homes and cause
thousands of dollars in damage, making them a financial risk and earning a place on the list.
Termites are a pest that can be found in any state in the United States except Alaska, but they
are more prevalent in the South, Southeast, West, and Southwest. Termites, unlike some of the other
insects and arachnids on this list, are not toxic, but they are also harmful.
Termites can cause
damage to your house, allowing mould to develop, which can lead to a variety of health issues.
If someone you know has been suffering from the common cold for a long time, you might have a
mould problem caused by a termite infestation.
2. Saddleback Caterpillars
Some caterpillars are cute, but others should not be messed with. The
saddleback caterpillar is a brightly coloured caterpillar with poisonous spines that
can be found in the eastern United States. When these creatures feel threatened, they
embed their long spines into their victims, according to the University of Florida's
Entomology and Nematology departments. Unfortunately for anyone or anything that
comes into contact with these prickly spines, their venom is hemolytic and blister-forming,
causing direct tissue damage in its victims.
In humans, however, this sting causes only
mild to moderate pain, while some people who have been stung say that it is more painful
than a bee or wasp sting. Erucism, a disorder characterised by headaches, haemorrhaging, and
anaphylactic shock, may be caused by its venom.
1. Asian giant hornet
The Asian giant hornet is the world's biggest and deadliest hornet. Though this insect
has been dubbed a "murder hornet" in recent years, their official name is Asian giant hornets, and
they are the world's largest wasps.
The hornet is a native of East Asia and Japan, and while
no one knows how they got to the United States, they can be devastating to honeybee colonies, and
their stings kill 30 to 50 people in Japan each year. This beast is said to have been discovered
in Virginia and Illinois, and its venom is so potent that it can kill red blood cells and cause
a human's kidneys to shut down. According to CNN, these giant bugs caused 42 deaths and 1,675
injuries in Chinese people in 2013.
Well, that's something we wouldn't wanna go
through, right? Who would have thought that these little creatures can really become
some evil and dangerous creatures!
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