Nature is the ultimate balancer of the world. It’s the dwelling place of all resources that humankind needs. Can you tell me one thing in your home or possession that is not a by-product of nature? Clearly, none!
Even the annoying pests that we come across everyday or those that plagued our ancestors thousands of years ago, are yields of nature. Pests, or what we fondly call menaces, come in different sizes, shapes, embellishment, odor and irritating factor. Many of these give us reason for pause, while some quite literally can get under our skin.
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One bite can turn you into dead meat. Anopheles Mosquitoes are responsible for hundreds of millions of malaria cases around the world year after year. These malaria vectors feed on blood, and during the “sucking” process is where they will introduce the Plasmodium (malaria-causing parasites) into the body’s host.
It’s utterly difficult to identify which mosquito is Anopheles and which ones are ordinary blood-suckers. Prevention is still everybody’s best weapon.
The Kissing Bug
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This bug is not so sweet after all. They murder other insects by sucking out their internal organs.
How did they acquire the name? They bite humans near the mouth while sleeping. Their saliva can cause allergic reactions and high fever. The Chagas fever is highly associated with this pest.
Giant Asian Hornet
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The Giant Asian hornet can grow to as big as 3 inches. It stings repeatedly like an unforgiving murderer.
They also have one of the most toxic stings. An enzyme in their venom can dissolve human’s tissue. Those who have allergies can experience shock and severe reactions.
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Wasps are among the most sociable pests. They don’t necessarily hunt for human blood, but when they sting, it can cause anaphylactic shock. They react everytime they feel threat looms around their territories.
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When fire ants bite you, a burning sensation is felt. That is how they got the name “fire” ant. These are not your regular ants that will just cause itchiness. Reactions can vary from shortness of breath, nausea and even slurred speech. Those who have allergies should be sent to the hospital immediately to prevent anaphylactic shock.
Tse Tse Fly
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These are ancient pests that have lived through gazillions of years. Today, there are known to carry deadly sleeping sickness, Trypanosomiases. They disguise as ordinary houseflies – this makes the danger grow ten folds.
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The killer bees need very little provocation to sting. While you don’t always see them flying around the vicinity, they can attack and puncture in the most painful way possible. The suffering does not stop there. Those who are allergic to bee stings may experience anaphylactic shock that can cause death.
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Pet owners may have to deal with these pests more than anyone else. They feed on blood of warm-blooded animals, including human. While they are not as deadly as other in the group, their bite can cause red itchy marks.
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Another not so-friendly neighborhood is the black widow spider. While you would normally encounter these venomous arachnids in the city, when you go hiking or camping, beware of tree stumps and wood piles – these are their territories.
A stabbing pain is what a black widow bite would feel like. Muscle cramps, seizure and sudden rise in blood pressure may follow thereafter.
Brown Recluse Spiders
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How do you think Peter Parker would react if he knows that two of his cousins are considered pests? The Brown Recluse spiders are commonly found hiding in closets and attics. They have long dark legs.
Their venom can be deadly and cause severe infections to humans. The catch? They bite painlessly. The victim won’t know until skin develops a red bull’s eye blisters that become painful overtime.
Pests are attracted to warm environments. With global warming escalating at a record pace, urban spaces are no longer free from infestation of these little lethal ones. This is one of the reasons why there has been a plethora of providers of pest control in Portland.
It’s Your Turn
Have you been sent to the hospital because of a pest or insect bite? What’s the worst pest infestation you have experienced?
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