Most Dangerous Insects

Many people dislike insects, and arm themselves with any number of insect repellents and insect killing sprays in order to protect themselves. In most cases these devices are pointless, as although annoying most insects are not dangerous. That being said though there are a number of dangerous and deadly insects in existence.

There are almost a million different species of insects that have been classified, with many millions more that have yet to be fully studied. Insects though are classed as those with three different segments; the abdomen, head, and thorax which has three pairs of legs. Many insects have their own defensive mechanisms which are dangerous to those creatures seeking to make a meal out of them, but few are truly deadly to humans. Below though are ten insects that have directly and indirectly resulted in many millions of deaths.

-Locusts – A delicacy in some regions of the world, swarms of locusts though can eat through a whole region’s crops in a matter of days. Locust swarms have resulted in starvation for millions over the years.

-Kissing Bugs – Kissing Bugs or Hemipetra are transmitters of Chagas’ disease. This disease is prevalent in Central and South America and if not treated a victim can die, although even the treatment itself is not always effective. The Hemipetra, as a family of insects, contain some which are only a couple of millimetres big, to those that are several centimetres.

-Asian Hornet – the Giant Japanese of Asian Hornet is a three inch long hornet, which has a deadly still. The sting will inject eight different chemicals into the victim, be they human, animal or insect. Within a human the chemicals will eat away at tissue, and what is worse the chemicals will also attract other hornets to the victim. Up to 70 people will die each year in Japan alone from the sting of the Asian Hornet.

-African Ants – African ants also known as Siafu are a dangerous insect because of the numbers that the move. A colony may be made up of as many as twenty million African Ants, and if the colony moves together then anything in its path will be consumed. The ants can also be deadly to the infirm or young, and as they swarm over a person they will bite, although death is normally a result of asphyxiation, something which as many as fifty people each year will die from.

-Wasps – The sting of the wasp can be deadly, especially to those allergic to the chemicals within the sting. Generally speaking a wasp will only sting if their nest is in danger but a single sting is enough to kill if the recipient experiences anaphylactic shock.

-Fire Ants – There are many thousands of different species of ants, and very few of them are dangerous. The Fire Ant though is an exception, as it stings and injects venom. The sting of one Fire Ant will do little damage, and even a few stings if treated quickly will not cause an issue, fire ants though swarm, and hundreds of stings can be the result. Over a hundred deaths are attributed to the Fire Ant.

-TseTse Fly – Many insects carry disease and pass the disease on when the bite. One such insect is the TseTse Fly, a carrier of sleeping sickness, African trypanosomiasis. Sleeping sickness kills some fifty thousand people every year, with afar higher death tolls when there is an epidemic.

-Killer Bees – Killers bees may seem like the main antagonist from sci-fi/horror films but they do exist. The majority of bees will steer clear of having to use their sting, as once they have used it they will die; the African Honey Bee though will attack with only the minimum of provocation. A surprisingly large number of people are actually allergic to bee stings, and if stung will go into anaphylactic shock, something that can cause death. Thousands of people around the world die from bee stings, be it the sting of an African Honey Bee or a normal run of the mill bee.

-Fleas – Fleas may often just be perceived as being something that the family pet manages to pick up, but were in their own right responsible for the deaths of a sixth of the world’s population in the fourteenth century. Fleas carried Yersinia Pestsis, the cause of the Bubonic plague, and through their bites managed to kill 75million people.

-Anopheles Mosquito – The Anopheles Mosquito has probably been the cause of more people in the history of this planet than man. A tiny insect, the Anopheles Mosquito can carry Malaria and other diseases. Even today two million people die form malaria every year, and many more are infected.

Insects are more dangerous than the most dangerous land animals, at least in terms of deaths. Treatment can help with many of the problems that arise from the various insects but with some insects treatment is no guarantee of safety.

Source – http://www.insectpest.net/2008/09/a-quick-guide-to-the-ten-deadliest-insects/