So you think you can handle some gross insect facts? Everyone knows bugs are disgusting, but few dare to peel back the layers of weird insect facts to find the true horrors lurking all around us. Insects aren’t just terrifying, they’re also everywhere. There are about 10 quintillion insects on Earth (that’s a 10 with 18 zeroes), and they’re making more every second. And they’re downright nauseating, as these facts about bugs will affirm.
The thing about insects is there’s something for everyone. Not afraid of a horde of ants? Flies probably gross you out. Bees don’t bother you? A roach might still make your skin crawl. When you start digging into facts about insects, you’re sure to find something that turns your stomach. If you have a serious phobia or two, now is the time to face your fears. Here are some bug facts that are not for the faint of heart.
Botflies Live In Human Flesh
Botflies can literally make your skin crawl... because they’re underneath it, making it crawl.
These nasty little critters team up with another favorite menace, the mosquito, to make life miserable in Central and South America. The females inject their eggs into a hungry mosquito, and the blood-sucker’s victim gets an extra surprise. The eggs slide into their human host, hatch, and start munching out. Victims can feel them moving around under the skin, and they sometimes require surgery to remove because they have spikes.
Cockroaches don’t consume people whole, but they do enjoy the all-you-can-eat-buffet that is the human body. American cockroaches have been known to feed on the toenails, eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair of sleeping folks, especially children.
The idea of cockroaches crawling around your baby’s eyes (or yours) and nomming on their eyelashes may make you want to buy roughly 500 cans of roach killer and curl up in a ball somewhere.
If you’re like most people, the word “hornet” strikes fear into your heart. So how about a 2-inch long hornet with a quarter-inch stinger? Their stingers aren't just large, either; the sting dissolves your flesh and attacks your nervous system.
Thinking of running when you see one of these beasts? Forget it. They can fly up to 25 mph with a range of 60 miles. If this hornet wants you, chances are pretty good he’ll get you.
Mosquitoes Are The Most Dangerous Creatures On Earth
Afraid to go in the ocean because you just watched Jaws for the twentieth time? Freaking out because you think you saw a snake in the high grass near the sidewalk? Forget it. In another staggering example of how we’re afraid of all the wrong things, mosquitoes kill more humans than all other creatures on Earth combined.
They’re disease-ridden little pests, spreading malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Mosquitoes kills about 725,000 people every year. Every other creature combined - including humans - kills about 586,000 people a year.