The 4 Scariest Insects in the World

There are hundreds of thousands of insects in the world. Generally, these creatures are pretty small, so you may wonder why anyone would ever be scared of them. Believe it or not, some bugs can really hurt humans, and there are a number of them that can even kill you. The following four insects are some of the scariest in the world.

Japanese Giant Hornets

Japanese giant hornet

The Japanese Giant Hornet is quite small, only about the size of your thumb. However, you don’t want to underestimate this little creature, because it releases extremely potent venom into its unfortunate victims. Not only that, but the poison attracts other hornets from the hive and encourages them to come over and join in the “party.” Just under fifty people a year die from this hornet’s poison, although the insect is not particularly aggressive unless it feels threatened.

Puss Caterpillars

puss caterpillar

The Puss Caterpillar is found in North America, and while it is not really “deadly,” it can wreak a lot of havoc on its victims. The Puss Caterpillar looks fairly sweet and unassuming, with soft hair covering its exterior. However, on the bottom of the insect are venomous spines that unleash a painful sting. If the pain persists and moves throughout the body, it is important to see a doctor. However, because some medical professionals do not know how to identify the bite, patients can go for a while without a diagnosis. Some have come close to death as a result.

Kissing Bugs

kissing bug

Kissing Bugs were so named because they tend to bite their sleeping victims on the face, particularly around the nose and the mouth. Also known as an Assassin Bug, there are some species that have a very painful bite. In addition, Kissing Bugs can also spread Chagas’ disease. Symptoms include vomiting, fevers and rashes. However, some people don’t have symptoms for ten or twenty years. By the time they do, it is hard for medical professionals to figure out what is going on and effectively treat the problem.

African Ants

African ants

One colony of African Ants consists of about twenty million bugs. When hungry, the entire group sticks together, traveling to find food and getting rid of anything that stands in their way. They are both a scary and impressive sight, all at once. The good news is that it is fairly easy for humans to see these ants coming and get out of the way. However, both elderly adults and young children are particularly vulnerable to the bugs, which can swarm inside their lungs and suffocate them.

Many people get nervous at the first sight of a bug in their home or yard, and they immediately contact a pest control technician to help them. While some may feel their reaction is extreme, there are insects that can harm your property or your person. Therefore, it is always a good idea to be wary of a bug that you are not familiar with. And, if they make you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.


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