10 MOST Dangerous Bugs In The World!
10 MOST Dangerous Bugs In The World!
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Experts have said that our world doesn’t belong to us humans, but rather to insects, and with good
reason. They are the only lifeform that is likely to survive a nuclear holocaust. There are literally billions
of insects around the world. Ants alone outnumber the worldwide human population. While most of
these insects are quite harmless, perfectly content on living their short lives, some of them can be very
dangerous, even deadly. Today we will be looking at 10 of the most dangerous bugs in the world.
Number 1 should come as a surprise to you, so make sure you stay tuned for it.
Number 10. The Bullet Ant
The Bullet Ant is officially the largest ant in the world. But that’s not it’s only claim to fame which we will
get to in a moment. They are mostly found in rainforests of Nicaragua and Paraguay, so if you don’t live
in those parts of the world, consider yourself lucky.
Bullet Ants are so named not because they are bullet sized, but rather by their painful sting, which is
often likened to being hit by a bullet. Bite victims have reported that, after being bitten, they feel a pain
so intense that it feels like they’ve been shot. To further put it in perspective, the sting of a bullet ant is
30 times more painful than of a wasp or a honey bee.
This one-inch ant is also called “the 24-hour ant” because the pain bite victims feel can last for 24 hours.
Like their smaller cousins, bullet ant colonies contain hundreds of members, and they usually make their
nests at the base of large trees. They also release unpleasant odor when they encounter any predator. If
that trick doesn’t drive predators away, they would never hesitate to attack, overwhelming any creature
by sheer number, smothering them with painful stings.
Number 9. The Bot Fly
The adult bot fly looks so unassuming you’ll be forgiven to think that it’s not at all that dangerous. That
is partially true. It’s not the adults that give other creatures a lot of trouble, but rather their larvae.
Bot fly larvae are parasites, in other words, they survive on other creatures, feasting on their flesh as the
larvae develops. These larvae live just beneath the skin, and this is where they feed and develop. Any
large mammal is an ideal host for these tiny burrowers, and these includes humans as well.
Female Bot flies lay their eggs on the host’s skin. When the eggs hatch, the tiny larvae will then burrow
into the host’s skin, living and feeding in the subdermal zones. If left untreated, the larvae will stay
under the host’s skin for 60 days, all the while the host feeling every single movement the larvae makes.
After 60 days, another adult Bot fly emerges.
Bot flies can be found across Central and South America so the chances of getting infected by these
parasites are quite high. It’s very important to consult a doctor if you find yourself infected because if
left untreated, this tiny larva can deal permanent damage to your skin.
Number 8. Fleas
Despite their tiny stature, even compared to other bugs, fleas are recognized by many as a very
dangerous parasite. It’s not because they have a painful bite, in fact, aside from a slight itch, you can’t
feel if these guys bite you at all. It’s also not because they inject a very powerful toxin into the human
body. The danger comes from these guys feeding habits.
Fleas suck blood from humans, animals, reptiles and birds. They generally pierce the skin to get in
contact with blood to feed on them and can cause initial allergic reactions like itching or swollen skin.
Because of how they feed, fleas easily spread deadly viruses like myxomatosis and bacteria like murine.
These tiny insects can also reproduce very quickly. A female can lay up to 2000 eggs during their
lifespan. Young fleas are also very voracious and can consume blood up to 15 times their own body
weight.Number 7. The Fire Ant
There are 285 different species of fire ants in the world, all of them not the kind to approach without
caution. These tiny little creatures, once disturbed, would sting any intruder repeatedly, often until
The fire ant sting is quite painful as well, and the white pustules caused by fire ant stings can last for
weeks. Their venom also would cause several skin problems, with just some of the effects include
bumps, rashes, chest pain, loss of breath and nausea. The allergic reaction can be treated with oral
medication, however, the victim will have to undergo treatment if too much toxins were injected.
Fire ants usually attack in groups that may consists of hundreds of individuals, overwhelming any one
they choose to attack with numbers and toxic stings.