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7 Bugs That Can Kill You

    We often observe several bugs in our gardens and yards. Many of them are suitable for plant growth. But certain dangerous insects like Africanized bees, Deer tick, Brown recluse Spiders, Black Widow Spider, and Bullet Ants cause painful stings and are life-threatening. Allergic reactions, Lyme disease, and Yellow fever are common in the United States of America due to insect stings. This article aims at highlighting six bugs that can kill you. It also throws light on the associated diseases. 

    What are the bugs that can kill you? 

    Some of the most dangerous bugs include The Cow Killer, The Red Imported Fire Ant, Blister Beetles, Africanized Bees, Black Widow Spider, Japanese Oriental Wasp, The Monarch Caterpillar and Butterfly, Brown Recluse Spiders, Bullet Ants, and Deer Tick. Six of them and the danger associated is given in the next section.  

    How are they dangerous to humans?

    Africanized Bees 

    These dangerous insects are also called “killer bees.” Africanized bees are much more defensive than honey bees. They react to disturbances immediately. Found in North America, Killer bees are dangerous to humans as they can chase a person a quarter of a mile. They have killed around 1,000 humans, with victims receiving ten times more painful sting than European honey bees. These bugs can kill you and cause painful allergic reactions more often.   

    Deer Tick

    ‘Black-legged Tick’ or Deer Tick is one of the bugs that can kill you. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection induced by a Deer Tick when it attaches to the human body. Although rashes develop into headaches and heartaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites that these dangerous bugs take 24-48 hours for these dangerous bugs. Deer ticks are like mosquitoes as they transmit several pathogens that cause human diseases. Tick bites often go overlooked, and the early onset symptoms of tick-related illnesses.   

    Black Widow Spider 

    These bugs eat their mates and are dangerous to humans. The painful stings may lead to Latrodectism (muscle rigidity and pain). The venom of Black Widow Spider is responsible for allergic reactions. The United States of America has many predators of this dangerous bug. Black widow spiders use their webs to trap their prey like flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. This female spider eats its mate. Several Black Widow Spiders are found in South America.

    Brown Recluse Spider 

    The Centers for disease control consider these dangerous bugs liable for Lyme disease. Their life-threatening insect stings cause severe pain, ulcers, joint pain, fever, chills, nausea, and tissue death. Reddened skin, intense pain, itching are symptoms with painful stings of Brown Recluse Spider. These dangerous insects are profound in South America.  

    Bullet Ants 

    Bullet Ants are life-threatening insects and cause syphilis, Lyme disease, mumps, and idiopathic. Itching and swelling eventually lead to allergic reactions because of these dangerous insects. Many of these dangerous insects are found in South America. These dangerous insects do not release toxins, but their extremely painful stings are likened to bullet pain.

    Kissing Bugs

    Kissing bugs carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi. These dangerous bugs pick up this parasite by feeding on an infected animal or person. The parasite then lasts in the kissing bugs’ intestines and feces. These bugs are found more in South America and are life-threatening. The painful stings lead to allergic reactions and cause Chagas disease. They bite around the human mouth and eyes and are dangerous to humans, thereby creating a risk of anaphylactic shock.  

    Are Mosquitoes Dangerous? 

    Mosquitoes are dangerous insects because they infect humans with Yellow fever, dengue, malaria, Zika virus. American Mosquito Control Association describes how Yellow fever is life-threatening, common in North America and other parts of the US, and has killed many people. Anopheles mosquitoes cause malaria. Mosquito stings are often not painful stings but are dangerous to humans, especially as they carry viruses in North America. These bugs are one of the deadliest in the world because of mosquitoes’ ability to carry and spread the disease to humans and cause millions of deaths every year.  


    Disease Control and Prevention centers have categorized dangerous bugs that are life-threatening. Africanized bees (killer bees), Deer Tick, Brown Recluse Spider, Black Widow Spider, Bullet Ants, and Kissing Bugs are six of the bugs that can kill you. Africanized bees are toxic, and attack in groups becoming deadly for humans. Insect stings cause allergic reactions. Lyme disease is a widespread disease caused by bugs that follow painful stings. Centers for Disease Control term these insects dangerous to humans and recommend staying safe from them.