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15 Most Dangerous Bugs in the World

House Centipedes

House Centipedes

These creepy crawly creatures are exactly as dangerous as they appear to be. If you get bitten by one, you can expect to be in a lot of pain. Additionally, you’ll experience immense swelling that can last for days.

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Giant Japanese Hornet

Giant Japanese Hornet

Even though this massive hornet can kill an adult human with a single sting, you can breathe a sigh of relief. There is a very low chance that you will be stung, because this hornet only attacks when provoked.

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Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion

Black Spitting Thicktail Scorpion

It’s not technically a bug, but because it’s the most dangerous species of scorpion, we’re counting it. They primarily live in the deserts of South Africa and can spit venom from their tails. If this venom makes contact with your skin, it can cause pain, paralysis, and even death.

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Human Botflies

Human Botflies

Also known as the American warble fly, the botfly is capable of transmitting deadly parasites to humans. Mosquitos usually carry the botfly larvae, so beware.  If you get bitten and the larvae gets under your skin, it can cause a serious infection.

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Assassin Bugs

Assassin Bugs

As their name suggests, these bugs are not to be taken lightly. This parasitic bugs that resides in the Americas is capable of transmitting the nasty Chagas disease, which can cause anything from mild swelling to congestive heart failure.

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Bullet Ant

Bullet Ant

The bullet ant is primarily found in the South American rainforest. Victims say its bite feels like a gunshot and that the throbbing pain doesn’t go away for at least a day, which can leave people unable to seek help.

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Brazilian Wandering Spider

Brazilian Wandering Spider

These highly aggressive spiders that reside in Central and South America are known to be one of the world’s deadliest eight-legged creatures. Their venom is incredibly toxic and can kill an adult human in a matter of hours.

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Anopheles Mosquito

Anopheles Mosquito

While these mosquitos are not deadly themselves, they are deadly in the fact that they are responsible for transmitting many potentially-fatal diseases in the tropics. They’re most widely known for carrying malaria.

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Rat Fleas

Rat Fleas

Do you know what creature was responsible for carrying the bubonic plague that killed more than a third of Europe’s population? The rat flea. This flea can transmit all kinds of deadly diseases to humans, and some still carry plague to this day.

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African Honey Bee

African Honey Bee

These bees are otherwise known as “killer bees” because they are capable of killing humans when provoked. Their venom alone is very toxic, but when a swarm of these bees attacks, the victim is nearly helpless to stop them.

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Fire Ants

Fire Ants

Fire ants are becoming more and more common as the worldwide temperatures increase. These ants spray formic acid on intruders, which can cause extreme irritation, pain, and in some cases, death.

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Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse

The brown recluse is commonly found in the southern U.S., and you don’t want to cross paths with one. A single bite from this spider can destroy tissue and cause massive skin and muscle lesions that will not heal for months.

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Siafu Ants

Siafu Ants

The siafu ant is something out of a nightmare! Its powerful jaws can leave painful puncture wounds. If enough of them rally together and attack, they can even kill or paralyze small animals and children.

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Tsetse Fly

Tsetse Fly

The Tsetse fly is a large African fly that lives off the blood of vertebrates and is known for carrying sleeping sickness, which can affect motor skills and mental cognition. A bite from this fly is not only painful, but can be very dangerous.

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Deer Tick

Deer Tick

The deer tick doesn’t sound that dangerous, but it’s notorious for carrying Lyme Disease. Lyme disease often goes undiagnosed, but it can cause headaches, fever, joint stiffness, and even heart problems. Few die of this disease, but many suffer from the symptoms for years.

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