8 Of The 10 Deadliest Insects In The World Live In Illinois
As I was killing some time earlier this week scrolling through my phone, I stumbled upon a piece that caught my attention. The Top Ten Deadliest Insects In The World was the headline, and I couldn't resist taking a look.
As you'd expect from the article, there were plenty of undesirable creepy-crawlies, but much to my surprise, it seems that many of those deadly bugs have taken up residence here in Illinois.
As a matter of fact, the piece that I read showed that of the 10 deadliest (or most dangerous) bugs out there, eight of them have made a home in Illinois. (hat tip to JC Ehrlich.com)
Coming In At The Bottom Of The List Of The Deadliest Bugs In Illinois Is One That You Might Not Expect
I guess it's a matter of numbers. When you have just one of these guys it's a grasshopper...when you have swarms of them devouring crops, you've got locusts, and Illinois has locusts.
While they do not directly kill humans, the devastation that an invasion can cause has been responsible for crop devastation and the consequential starvation of millions in history from the biblical times to 1874 in the American Great Plains, and more recently, infestations in Niger. The locusts will always eat, but you might NOT.
Coming Next Are 3 Bugs That All Of Us In Illinois Have Probably Had An Encounter With, And One Of Them Is The Deadliest And Most Dangerous Of Them All
What's weird is that the deadliest and most dangerous of all doesn't even look scary:
Alright, maybe in close-up it looks a little scary, especially as it's stabbing a human with its face. Why is the mosquito regarded as the most deadly and dangerous of all?
Mosquitoes are most dangerous insect species on Earth. This deadliest insect causes 1 million death every year by transmitting deadly malaria disease. Mosquitoes carry malaria germs from one place to another, and they spread germs into the blood of victim by biting. WHO estimated that in every 30 seconds a child dies due to malaria and 500 million cases of malaria reported every year.
Mosquitoes are followed on the list of the deadliest/most dangerous bugs in Illinois by bees and fleas. Bees are pretty self-explanatory, but why fleas?
These little parasites can be found on reptiles, mammals, domestic animals, and humans! Over the centuries this little pest has caused devastation over the centuries. The Black Plague and Typhus are a couple of flea-borne diseases that have been devastating to communities.