spiders The Grossest Bugs on Earth  

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List Rules Only arthropods that are actually shuddery-gross... not necessarily scary or dangerous.

I love insects. I do. I fear spiders, but I respect them and try not to let my fear control me when I see one. However, there are bugs that are simply gross. Just really, really gross. Not just ugly (though, definitely ugly), but also nasty in their habits and their behavior. These are the grossest bugs in the world. I know I've left some off the list, so go ahead and add any I've missed. Vote up the nastiest of the nasty.

These aren't the scariest bugs you'll ever happen across, though some might give you a fright. These little dudes are just super gross - the grossest, nastiest bugs ever.
Cave Spider is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Grossest Bugs on Earth
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Also known as the Tailless Whip Scorpion, this is neither a spider nor a scorpion. But it sure the @$#%#$% is terrifying.
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Camel Spider

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Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Grossest Bugs on Earth
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House centipede

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Shudder. It's like a cross between two of the most creepy things - spiders and centipedes. 

House centipedes actually feed on spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and other things we hate in our house. Too bad they are almost worse. It turns out that the thing that's the most creepy about them, their gazillion long legs, is how they administer their venom! GAH! So strictly speaking they sting rather than bite and they tend to do it at night. When the centipede is in danger of becoming prey itself, it can detach any legs that have become trapped. 

Of course it can.
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3 people just voted on Bed Bug

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More blood suckers. And these are in your bed while you sleep. 

Most species feed on humans only when other prey are unavailable. Their bites are not usually noticed at the time. The neck and jaw line are particularly favored places to feed.

It usually spends less than 20 minutes in physical contact with its host, and once its full, it will not attempt to feed again until it has either completed a molt or, if an adult, has thoroughly digested the meal.

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3 people just voted on Assassin Bug

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Imagine something that has a needle on its face. It injects poison with the needle, and then sucks the liquified victim's insides back in through the same needle. Now imagine that thing is real. Because it is. 

 That's pretty gross, but they start young. When they are little, some species will cover and camouflage themselves with remains of dead prey insects, which forms a very effective camouflage. How's that for cold? Wearing a suit made of your dead victims? Some species are blood suckers rather than predators, and they are accordingly far less welcome. Some Assassin bugs are known as kissing bugs because of this, because they tend to bite sleeping humans in the soft tissue around the lips and eyes. 

In some crazier parts of the world, people BREED them as PETS and for pest control. Jesus, get a fish.
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2 people just voted on Cattle Tick

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Oh jeez. This list is seriously making me gag. Ticks are bad enough, their whole nasty family of bloodsucking disease-carriers... but Cattle Ticks? If any of you have ever spent any time around livestock, you know what I mean. Horses, sheep and cattle... you'll be walking by or maybe grooming a horse and GAAAAHHHH! It's the size of a grape. A GRAPE! and it's all white and giant, and filled with blood. 

And you have to get some horseshoe tongs or something and pull it off and... ok, I'm totally traumatized now. This is why I am not living on a ranch right now, people. 
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Jerusalem cricket

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Despite their name, Jerusalem crickets are not true crickets, nor are they native to Jerusalem. They are in the same family as the Weta, which is why they both look so shiny and fleshy and blaaarrrgh. These nocturnal insects use their strong mandibles to feed primarily on dead organic matter but can also eat other insects. Their highly adapted feet are used for burrowing beneath moist soil to feed on decaying root plants and tubers.

While Jerusalem crickets are not venomous they can emit a foul smell and are capable of inflicting a painful bite. Not to worry, I won't be picking this thing up any time soon.
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