Insects are found almost everywhere worldwide (although only a few are found in Antarctica). It is estimated that there are nearly 30 million insects on Earth. Insects make up 40 percent of all known living species.
Mosquitoes are an example of an insect in this category that directly harms man through their bites and stings, which can also result in illness. Some others like locusts indirectly, by destroying crops that provide food for people.
5 Dangerous Insects You Should Avoid :
There are more than three thousand mosquito species worldwide, among which only three species transmit diseases. The most notorious one is the female Anopheles mosquito, which is responsible for spreading the malaria parasite. The disease is transmitted when the female anopheles mosquito bites a person.
According to the W.H.O., in 2021, there were approximately 241 million malaria cases, while in 2020, 627, 000 deaths were caused by malaria. Malaria is treatable and curable.
Tsetse flies are mainly found in Africa. A bite from this insect is dangerous. Tsetse flies are vectors of Human African Trypanosomiasis (H.A.T.) and African Animal Trypanosomiasis (A.A.T.).
The disease is called “sleeping sickness.” Following a bite from a Tsetse fly, an individual will experience various symptoms, including severe headache, muscle and joint pain, and extreme fatigue. There is no test or cure for trypanosomiasis yet.
Ticks are insects called parasites—they feed on their host, which includes humans and animals. A tick bite can cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia.
Cockroaches are particularly unpleasant insects that spread harmful bacteria and allergens. Cockroaches play an essential role in the spread of intestinal diseases like cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever.
The Giant Japanese Hornet
The giant Japanese hornets are also called the murder hornets. They can be 2 to 3 inches long and are a threat to both humans and bees. They carry a neurotoxin that can cause paralysis and kidney failure in humans.
Other Dangerous Insects include :
- The Cow Killer
- The red imported fire ant
- Blister beetles
- Japanese Oriental Wasp
- Driver Ants
- Bullet Ant.
Tips To Keep Insects Out Of Your Home :
Here are a few ways to keep insects out of your home.
- Keep your home clean and tidy.
- Wash regularly with disinfectant.
- Get rid of stagnant water because insects like mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
- Declutter your house: a cluttered home provides a hiding place for insects, which promotes infestation. Infestation increases the chance of infection.
- Install net on windows: this will prevent insects such as Tsetse flies from invading your home.
- Use insect repellent and wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and socks outdoors.
- Use the professional methods of pest control.