While they may not physically be the most
dangerous creatures in the wild, insects certainly hold their ground when it comes to danger
to us vulnerable humans. Today, we count 10 of the deadliest insects out in the wild. 10. Kissing Bug The kissing bug received it’s appropriate
name, because they’re known to kiss people near or in the mouth during the night while
you sleep – and by kiss, I mean they suck your blood. These little blood suckers are
responsible for spreading the deadly Chagas disease, which results in over 14,000 deaths
every year. 9. Giant Japanese/Asian Hornet
These giant hornets can achieve lengths of up to 3 inches full grown, and fly in small
numbers compared to their bee relatives. A group as little as 20 hornets can destroy
an entire hive of honeybees. They have a very painful string which in some cases can be
lethal, and can trigger allergic reactions, it even has an enzyme in its venom that can
dissolve human tissue. 8. Siafu, also known as Safari Ants
Imagine a colony of ants, so large, it can tear through the African countryside and obliterate
everything in it’s path. Sounds crazy right? But it’s real, these ants have up to 20
million ants in a singly colony. When there’s a food shortage, the colony as a group will
march through the lands to find food. While they’re not technically difficult to avoid,
the very young or elderly can quickly find themselves victims of asphyxiation and it’s
estimated that between 15-60 people die each year.
7. Black Spitting Thick Tail Scorpion Try saying that 3 times quickly..While they’re
not technically insects, I’ve included them in this list because they’re among the most
dangerous species of scorpions. Most of them live in South Africa, specifically in the
deserts. They’re most known for their massive tails which can end up as much as the rest
of the scorpion. They can spit venom from their tails, and their stings can cause severe
pain, paralysis and even death. You do NOT want to find one of these guys in your shoe.
6. Locusts This may seem a strange pick for number 6,
as Locusts do not directly harm humans at all.. However, they’re relentless when it comes to consuming
plants. Every year, swarms of locusts decimate thousands of acres of crops in a short period
of time which causes starvation and this indirectly results in many deaths each year.
5. Fire Ants These pesky little bugs tend to build large
mounds in sand or soil. They feed on plant life, and occasionally crickets and smaller
insects. Sounds innocent you say? Wrong. When fire ants are bothered, they sting with a
venomous prick that feels like it’s burning with fire, hence the name, and the skin swells
up into a painful pustule. A couple of stings can be treated quickly but when the ant’s
swarm, you’re in trouble. 4. TseTse Fly
These insects are large biting flies that inhabit much of mid-continental Africa, between
the Sahara and the Kalahari deserts. They feed on the blood animals and they carry a
deadly disease called the sleeping sickness. This disease starts out with fevers, headaches,
itchiness and joint pains. Eventually this moves on to confusion, poor coordination,
numbeness and trouble sleeping, and if left untreated it can eventually lead to death.
As of 2010 it caused around 9,000 deaths per year, down from 34,000 in 1990.
3. African Honey Bee The Afrizanized Honey Bee, also known as the
Killer Bee, are a hybrid species created by cross-breeding the African honey bees with
various European honey bees such as the Italian bee. They were first introduced to Brazil
in the 1950s to increase honey production. However, in 1957, 26 swarms accidentally escaped
quarantine and since then have spread throughout South and Central America. They arrived in
North America in 1985. They will attack with the slightest provocation in large numbers
and will chase the victim much further than other types of honey bees and cause thousands
of deaths every year. 2. Fleas
Fleas may look like pesky, harmless critters. But they are actually directly responsible
for the spread of the Bubonic Plague from their rat hosts to humans. Without treatment,
the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days. The Bubonic
plague, among a couple of other plagues, Is believed to be the cause of the Black Death
that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people,
or between 30-60% of the European population at that time.
1. Anopheles Mosquito The Anopheles mosquito is a sub-species of mosquito most known for the transmission
of malaria. The female mosquito carries a parasite, which doesn’t harm the mosquito.
When the mosquito bits a human to feed on blood, it injects this parasite into the human’s
blood stream. The parasites then travel to the liver where they mature and reproduce.
Symptoms of Malaria begin 10 to 15 days after being bitten, and can cause fever, fatigue,
vomiting, headaches, yellow skin, seizures, coma or even death. In 2012, it’s estimated
that there were over 200 million cases of malaria, killing over half a million of those
who were infected, many of them children.