Most of us think wild animals are the deadliest thing on this planet. But did you know that there are insects who can bite us to death? We think of insects or other pests to damage our property but never deadly enough to take a human life. Here we have compiled a list of the 6 deadliest pests around the world that are sure to take you by shock or maybe one is right around the corner?! So watch out:
Being stung by mosquitoes may cause an itchy welt and can seem like a thing not to worry about. But this deadly insect has caused over 1 million deaths every year. From malaria to dengue, yellow fever to encephalitis, mosquitoes lethal disease-causing parasites and viruses. Not all mosquitoes bite. The female mosquitoes are the dangerous ones that bite and draw blood while male mosquitoes feed on flower nectar.
This giant ant found in Nicaragua and Paraguay are the largest ants in the world and is named after its strong and intense sting causing pain. The pain from their sting can last up to 24 hours and mostly feels like being shot, hence it is also known as the 24-hour ant by the locals. So far no deaths have been reported by being stung by the bullet ant.
Giant Japanese Hornet
These are the largest hornets in the world and are also known as the Asian giant hornets. Their toxic venom can cause allergic anaphylactic reactions which if left untreated leads to immense pain and even death. Giant hornets are known to cause around 30-50 deaths in a year. Unlike other wasps, giant hornets will not sting unless disturbed or bothered. So next time, if you see a giant hornet, then remember to stay away and let it go about its business.
TseTse flies, a blood-feeding fly that carries Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, one of the most dangerous parasites causing sleeping sickness which if left untreated can be fatal. This African venomous insect has caused over half a million deaths so far.
One may say “what a cute name?”. But did you know that there is not a single cute thing about this insect? Kissing bugs also known as triatomines are called by this name because it bites humans on their lips. These are blood-feeding insects that carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi living inside their intestine and faeces. If a person is a bit by this insect containing the parasite, then they can get infected by Chagas Disease. Little did we know that a kiss by a tiny insect can be deadly.
Killer bees a.k.a Africanized honey bees are the most aggressive insects who can follow their victim for over 1 mile! Though the toxins in their stings may not be dangerous, they do attack in groups and produce numerous stingings that lead to a painful death. What’s even more dangerous is their reaction to disturbance as they stay alert for the coming 24 hours and attack any living creature coming in their way or range.
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