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Top 10 Deadliest Bugs in the World – It is estimated that there are about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects living today. That’s right, a quintillion insects. In the world, there are about 900 thousand different kinds of living insects, making up about 80% of all of the world’s species. In the U.S. alone there are 91,000 known species and about 73,000 that have yet to be scientifically described and classified.

While the insects on this list are nowhere near being the deadliest animals on earth, these bugs really do make their mark… sometimes literally, sometimes remarkably- particularly for living things that are no bigger than a human finger.

Below is a list of ten insects that you definitely don’t want to run into:

10. House Centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata)

Originating in the Mediterranean (or Mexico, depending on the source), the house centipede has become a very common bug around the world. You may think centipedes look unattractive but they are actually “good” bugs, as they eat other pests and sometimes even spiders. Of course, if you have entomophobia (fear of insects or bugs), then this argument isn’t going to help. In any case, centipedes are more of a pest than they are a threat, but shockingly they can cause some damage. If you are bitten by one of these insects, you’ll definitely feel it. Some who have experienced it say that it is painful, but nothing that will send you off crying in the corner.

What’s to Fear?

While centipedes aren’t insects that are responsible for tons and tons of deaths, you’d be surprised to find out that every two years one person does die due to a centipede bite. This is usually due to an allergic reaction to the venom that the bug can inject into your body when it bites you. However, it’s rare that one is so allergic to this venom that it kills them.

9. Fire Ants (Solenopsis)

Deadly Bugs: Fire ants sting their prey and the inject venom

While having a picnic with ants doesn’t sound so bad, as most ants are harmless and miniscule compared to the human body, having a picnic with fire ants definitely isn’t the wisest idea. There are over 280 different species of ants that sting and one of the most widely known is the fire ant. Other ants kill by stinging their prey and then spraying the wound with acid, but the fire ant is particularly ruthless. They kill by stinging their prey and then injecting venom known as solenopsin. And because of this, when a human is stung by the ant, it can be compared to the sensation felt when being burned; however, the sting is usually minor and something that the body can fight on its own.

What’s to Fear?

As you’d imagine, a little ant can’t do much damage to a human. All we’d have to do is make a little use of our left shoe. However, ants live in colonies and sometimes, with enough stings and enough bodily sensitivity, the fire ants can kill. It is said that about 5% of those who report being bitten by a fire ant die due to anaphylactic shock. Of course this is very far and in between, but there are reports of deaths caused by an allergic reaction to the venom.

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10. House Centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata)
9. Fire Ants (Solenopsis)
8. Siafu (Dorylus)
7. Wasps and Bees (Vespula germanica/Apis mellifera)
6. Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)
5. Africanized Honey Bee (hybrid Apis mellifera scutellata)
4. Kissing bug (Triatomines)
3. Tsetse Fly (Glossina morsitans)
2. Rat Fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis)
1. Anopheles Mosquito (Anopheles quadrimaculatus)

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29 Replies to “NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: Top 10 Deadliest Bugs”

  1. Actually not true on the Asian Giant Hornet. They are in the USA, at least in small clusters. I know of at least one invasive nest of them near Salisbury NC. Having been stung by the dang thing and burned out hundred more on a paving job.

  2. Imagine if some evil genius somehow sent out a signal to every single bug on earth to immediately swarm and attack ALL HUMANS until either they're killed or we're all killed

  3. I deployed to Afghanistan. The fob I was stationed reported 70% of mosquitos in our area contained Malaria. Only one person I know contracted it. Nobody else did. The civilians that lived nearby didn't cover up. It's not as deadly as people make it out to be. Malaria is only a threat to severely compromised immune systems.

  4. a lot of those are in my area. fire ants suck bad, and wasps like dive bomb you. we also have pygmy rattle snakes, water moccasins, and if you shake a "proverbial stick" you will catch any of an assortment of spiders.

  5. My response to the bee, wasp and hornet entries:


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