Bug swarms and bug infestations are among the most vile experiences a person can go through. Imagine millions of insects flying or crawling at you, swarming, stinging, biting, and most of all, dying and leaving putrid corpses. Even talking about them gives people the willies, and they're incredibly common, everywhere in the world, throughout history.
History is riddled with tales of insect swarms - hordes of locusts, flies, mosquitoes, and bees making life hellish for anyone in their path. But with climate change leading to warmer winters, the natural cold snaps that kill off huge numbers of bugs are getting more and more mild. This means more bugs are surviving to be born, and these bugs swarm when unleashed on the world. Combine this with invasive species being introduced into places where they have no natural predator, and you have the perfect conditions for bad news.
Read on to learn more about the bug swarms that were terrible and awful be caught in. These insect infestations are sure to make your skin crawl!
2017 - A Swarm Of Mosquitoes Is Bothering Workers At A New York Airport
Planes aren't the only thing flying into LaGuardia Airport in New York. There's a huge mosquito problem at the airport, and is driving the workers there crazy. In 2016, the airport started a billion dollar facelift. And once construction started, workers said the mosquitoes started going crazy and were causing major issues.
"It's very annoying," one worker told DNA Info.
2016 - Gypsy Moths Invade Rhode Island And Wreak Havoc On Trees
In the summer of 2016, gypsy moths invaded parts of the East Coast, including Rhode Island. According to government officials, millions of little caterpillars descended on the tiny state and destroyed native trees to the area. It's particularly alarming because these creatures are an invasive species, and if they keep coming back in such large numbers, the could cause serious damage.
2015 - Millions Of Spiders Spin A Web Of Doom Around Memphis
In November 2015, large swaths of a neighborhood in Memphis, TN, were covered by a substance that looked like frost or maybe morning dew, but was really (barf) sprawling spiderwebs as big as a half mile long. Experts seemed totally fine with this - apparently the dispersal of millions (millions!) of tiny spiders in the area is just a case of nature doing its thing.
Residents, however, were less than thrilled. "They're in the air, flying everywhere. They all on the house, on the side of the windows." Eek.
2015 - Burning Man Mystery Bugs Just Wanna Hear Some Music Too, You Guys
The 2015 edition of the California desert festival Burning Man featured something besides peace, love, and kind bud - huge swarms of bugs. Festival-goers took to social media to show off infestations of mystery insects that were biting people, emitting a stink, and causing serious sanitation problems. Insect experts identified several types of seed bugs looking for water, and said the welts they were causing weren't from bites, but from the contents of their stomachs - mustard seed plants that corrode skin.