Creepy Facts About Bugs Nobody Really Wants To Think About

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Being afraid of bugs is pretty much genetically built into our code as humans. You don't have to look long to find some creepy facts about bugs, but there's always more to fear when it comes to these atrocious arthropods. We may be the dominant lifeform on this planet, but bugs outnumber us by quintillions.

In the rich tapestry of weird bug facts, the ones on this list make for the kind of cosmic cocktail that would make H.P. Lovecraft proud. More than anything, they make one thing unmistakably clear: Though bugs may be smaller than us, we are powerless against their most lethal capability.

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    If Earth's Oxygen Levels Increased By Just 15%, Some Bugs Would Be Able To Grow As Large As Humans

    If you think bugs are gross now, you can thank your lucky stars you didn't grow up during the Carboniferous Period. That era took place between 359 to 299 million years ago, and it was home to some of the largest bugs to ever exist. Our atmosphere consisted of 35% oxygen back then, significantly more than the 21% level we have today. Scientists believe the high levels of oxygen were responsible for the mammoth insects and arthropods of the period.

    Back then, you could find dragonflies the size of seagulls, with 2.5-foot wingspans. There were cockroaches and scorpions that grew up to 3 feet long. There was even a species of millipede that grew to be larger than the average human.

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    Five Well-Coordinated Locust Swarms Would Be Able To Wipe Out The Entire Earth

    From the Old Testament to the present day, locust swarms can wreak havoc of biblical proportions. In the 1870s, one such swarm descended out of the Rocky Mountains and laid waste to the Great Plains. One farmer reported losing 15 acres' worth of corn in just three hours. A single locust swarm can cover as much as 20% of the entire planet's land area at once, consuming 200 tons of plant matter in a single day. Just five of these swarms would be enough to cover all the land on Earth and, having wiped out the world's agricultural industry, would likely lead to mass starvation.

    Once locusts run out of food, it's likely they would start eating each other next. Research has shown that swarming locusts are not above cannibalism - it's actually the most efficient way for them to get some protein and salt in their diet.

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    If You're A Regular Coffee Drinker, You Might Drink 130,000+ Insect Parts A Year

    Everyone's heard the myth about people accidentally eating spiders in their sleep, but you don't have to be unconscious to accidentally eat a bug. Insects are pretty much a part of our daily diet. The FDA has a legal allowance of how many bugs can end up in your food before it's a problem.

    For example, regular coffee drinkers are legally allowed to ingest as many as 136,000 insect parts every year. If you consume any products made from wheat flour, you're eating as many as 91,000 insect parts annually.

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    Mosquitoes Kill More People Every Year Than Humans Do

    Mosquitoes Kill More People Every Year Than Humans Do
    Photo: Dunpharlain / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    While spiders, snakes, and other sinister predators are some of the scariest animals in the world, they are far from the deadliest. That title belongs to the mosquito. Mosquitoes end the lives of more people than any other animal on Earth, with up to 725,000 victims annually. To put that in perspective, annual human slayings come in at about 475,000.

    This is largely because mosquitoes carry all sorts of diseases: Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, and the Zika virus are just a few examples. Malaria alone takes the lives of 600,000 people annually, leading some to suggest we focus on wiping out the pesky things for good.

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    You Almost Certainly Have Demodex Mites Living On Your Face

    You Almost Certainly Have Demodex Mites Living On Your Face
    Photo: Alan R Walker / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    The bad news is there are demodex mites on your face right now. The good news is that they're harmless. There are two species of mite that live exclusively on our faces: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. They aren't insects but arthropods and closely related to insects like spiders and scorpions.

    These creatures inhabit two different environments on your face. D. folliculorum tend to make their homes inside facial pores. D. brevis lives in your sebaceous glands, which is responsible for excreting certain oils from your hair follicles.

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    People Are Being Eaten By Bugs Right Now

    People Are Being Eaten By Bugs Right Now
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    When somebody expires, bugs start showing up almost instantly to snack on the leftovers. In fact, bugs are so reliable at finding lifeless human bodies that forensic entomologists can tell how long a body has been deceased based on what kinds of bugs are present.

    Given that an estimated 6,316 people perish every hour, it's safe to say there isn't a moment that goes by without somebody losing their life. Since bugs will start feasting on a body well under an hour after its demise, it's also safe to say not a moment goes by in which a bug isn't eating a human being's body.

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