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‹ 15 Insects That Could Kill You Dead

13. Flea

Via: Herbology Manchester

Wait, fleas are dangerous? But we hear about dogs and cats getting them all the time! Well, yeah, they can carry really serious diseases. In fact, back in the day, fleas were carriers of the Black Death, a plague that wiped out a huge chunk of the world’s population. Fleas can also carry other diseases such as typhus and tungiasis. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms. The tiny little parasites feed off host blood and that’s where the transmission of disease occurs. Thankfully, there are a lot of very effective flea treatments for pets. We bet your starting to feel itchy now, though.

12. Puss Caterpillar

Caterpillars are cute! They’re colorful and chubby, and sometimes fuzzy. The puss caterpillar is a bit different. First of all, it has a really unfortunate name. It’s actually named after the common ‘pussy cat’ because it’s covered in what looks like hair. But that’s really not the first thing we thought of. We were thinking of oozing puss. The furry critters also happen to be one of the most poisonous insect species. All that ‘hair’ actually hides little prickly pin-like needles that carry very toxic venom. It delivers one of the most painful stings in the world. They look soft and fuzzy but refrain from trying to pet them, or else.

11. Tsetse Fly

Via: The New York Times

The tsetse fly looks a lot like a regular housefly you might encounter buzzing around your trash bin. It’s not poisonous and doesn’t sting, but it is responsible for transmitting a pretty horrible disease called Sleeping Sickness. The disease largely affects poor rural communities in many parts of Africa which means that those affected often have trouble getting treatment. Without treatment, Sleeping Sickness often results in death. It’s a horrible disease that causes many serious symptoms including seizures and sensory issues. The parasite that’s transmitted via the fly can also cause psychiatric symptoms. Treatment is risky because the drugs available are extremely potent and have many side effects.

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