When you think of dying from an insect, there’s more to experiencing an allergic reaction to the sting of a bee. There are creatures that have the power to kill with venom, poison, and other methods, as you will see in this article, which touches upon ants, spiders and the scorpion.
In Africa, there is an insect that has the ability to attack and devour a human victim. This species of ant is called the Siafu (also called the driver ant) and is the only insect of its kind with such a reputation. An attack by the ants isn’t easy to come by , the ants are actually very slow and unable to see anything. You have to be in a very inopportune position to die by the Siafu ants. They usually eat smaller animals, and when they come in contact with humans , they are usually sleeping or in a drunken, incapacitated state. Babies that have been left unwatched have also become victims of an army of these ants. Other large prey that the ants can kill is domesticated animals (such as goats and cows) that were left tied to a pole over the night. The creatures were left as sitting ducks for the ants.
Siafu ants can bite and sting their prey, but this is not what makes them deadly. During an attack, the ants will look for any opening they can find to scurry into. This includes the mouth and nose of its victims. After the ants find their way into the lungs of their prey, they are said to die of asphyxia.
Brazilian Wandering Spider
Also known as the banana spider, the Brazilian wandering spider is considered one of the most venomous spiders in the world. They are full of aggression and always ready to attack if someone gets too close. Originating in Central and South America, the spiders dwell in the rainforests, but have also made an appearance in the United States by hitching a ride on banana shipments. There are eight different species of the spider that all possess high levels of toxin. To avoid their wrath, keep in mind that they tend to live in dark places, such as underneath rocks, inside of termite mounds, in houses and tucked inside of banana plants.
Killing from 800 to 2,000 people every year, scorpions are small yet deadly creatures that pack a venomous sting. In the United States, they live in a range of states including California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, Florida and Georgia.
The Kissing Bug
The hemiptera (known as the ‘kissing bug’) is a deadly insect that uses distinctive ‘sucking’ mouthparts that resemble tubes to feed on the blood of larger animals. However, the insect is able to pass on the Chagas Disease, which can serious chronic symptoms to emerge in a victim , sometimes over the course of as many as 20 years. Heart disease and malformation of the intestines are just some of the things that can happen when you come in contact with this insect.