Many people are creeped out when they see insects during their travails in forest areas and woods, while other are fascinated by them. Whether you are fearless or fearful, it is wise to know what you may come across in the great outdoors. There are a number of insects that can have a devastating impact on your life if you come in contact with them. Here are eight deadly insects that might have you thinking twice before venturing into the woods.
You may come across several different types of kissing bugs when you are in the woods. They come various sizes and shapes. All have mouths that resemble tubes. That allows them to feed on the blood of larger animals—including human beings. After the kissing bug’s interaction, there will be some swelling on the skin. Then you are not likely to notice any symptoms for weeks or months. However, the kissing bug’s impact may eventually lead to heart disease and intestinal damage that can result in death.
This massive insect can grow up to three inches in length. Its sting can be lethal because its venom contains many toxins. Among the toxins that the Asian hornet dispenses includes acetylcholine, which is a pain-inducing chemical. Another one of its enzymes dissolves human tissue. The venom attracts other stinging insects and it can also sting repeatedly.
Wasps and yellow jackets are generally considered to be pests who are not life-threatening. However, there are a number of people who are allergic to them and getting stung can lead to anaphylactic shock and eventually cause death.
Scorpions are usually found in warm tropical and subtropical jungles and forests. Their average size is about 2.5 centimeters, however there are some scorpions that are nearly 20 centimeters long. The most frequent fatalities from scorpion bites are to children and the elderly. The stinger on the scorpion is on the end of its jointed tail.
This spider has a very noticeable trademark on its back. It has a light spot on its back that resembles a violin. It likes to hide in dark places and will only show itself when it feels threatened. It may attack. It can be fatal on rare occasions, but its bite will cause some nasty tissue destruction in every case.
Black Widow Spider
These smallish spiders are dark in color and pack a potentially fatal bite. They usually have an hourglass shaped imprint on their abdomens that can be red, orange or white in color. They are found all over the world but they are most common in North America.
You don’t have to worry about the bites of one or two fire ants, although they can be painful and cause swelling. However, you do have to concern yourself when you are swarmed by them. The fire ant’s sting is venomous and it will raise painful blisters and pustules. When a large swarm attacks, it can be fatal.
The Africanized Honey Bee has caused a dramatic upturn in the number of deaths that result from bee stings. The Africanized Honey Bee is much different than the standard honey bee because it will often attack with only the slightest provocation. Like the fire ant, the Africanized Honey Bee often swarms when it attacks and its stings result in thousands of deaths every year.