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12 Bug Bites You Should Never, Ever Google Image Search

Updated June 14, 2019 5.5k votes 3.5k voters 264.7k views12 items

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Bug bites can range from a minor nuisance to a full-blown terrifying (and potentially deadly) emergency depending on the insect and the resulting physical reaction. The Internet is filled with horrifying insect bite photos that show the gruesome and painful resulting damage. If you have an aversion to gross bug bite pictures, you probably should not Google image search for bug bites, because you may not be able to escape the primal fear that they elicit. 

If you're still unfazed, let's take a look at some of the most disgusting, horrifying, and excruciating bug bites ever documented. Whether it's intense blistering, gangrenous infection, or cracked and swollen skin, these images will make you wish you had some eye bleach handy.

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    Ticks Embed Their Faces Into Your Skin

    Photo: Wikipedia

    The tick is a pest we usually associate with dogs and cats, or even a goofy superhero, but they're actually pestilence-ridden monsters that dig head-first into your skin. They use their mouths to hack into the skin and burrow their tiny heads inside to engorge themselves on blood.

    The bite is mildly painful, but it's the saliva of the tick that does the real damage. Tick saliva is filled with pathogens and many diseases, like Lyme disease and tick paralysis, are caused by ticks. The real horror lies in the tick's ability to detach its head when attempting removal. The head still has salivary glands, so it can still spread its nasty cocktail long after you think you've removed the threat.

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    The Bullet Ant Is The Holy Grail Of Pain

    Photo: Wikipedia

    The bullet ant is rated at the top of the Schmidt sting pain index. Its sting is described as, "Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail embedded in your heel."

    The bullet ant gets its name from people reporting that the sting was similar in sensation to being shot. If you're wondering who this subset of people who have both been stung by a bullet ant and shot by a gun are, they're most likely from the Mawé people, an Amazonian indigenous group who have a coming of age ritual involving sticking your hands into gloves filled with bullet ants. 

    Remarkably, the sting itself does not cause tissue damage, but an image search shows that the pain must be horrendous from the faces made by their poor victims.

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    Maggot Infestations Are The Stuff Of Nightmares

    Photo: Stefan Marks / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Myiasis is the parasitic infection of human bodies by maggots. Unlike the botfly, which lays its eggs on a carrier, a variety of other fly species can lay their eggs directly onto the wound itself. This results in the ghastly scenario of many maggots burrowing themselves in your flesh and eating away tiny holes as they get fatter in order to pupate to adulthood.   

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    Bedbugs Leave Rows and Rows Of Welts

    Photo: Wikipedia

    Bedbugs have been making a comeback and more and more infestations are reported every year. The bedbug pierces the skin with its mouth and injects a cocktail of anticoagulants and painkillers. It then drinks up the blood and moves along to do it again multiple times a night leaving a path of welts. Multiply that by the sheer amount of bedbugs present in a heavy infestation and your skin will start itching at the thought of doing an image search for bedbug bites.

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