Have you ever wondered what the most dangerous pest in the world is? Depending on where you live in the world pests can range from being annoying to being deadly. There are many different classifications of the most dangerous pests in the world; this is due to a range of different factors such as lifestyle, rate of reproduction, aggressiveness and deadly bites.
Below we have put together a list of the 11 most deadly pests in the world in descending order!
If you live around the equator then spiders can be very dangerous, one of the most poisonous and well known example is the black widow, these spiders have been known to kill a human with just one bite.
Although spiders in the UK are not deadly they can still cause serious infestations in your home, especially in large cities. This is because in large quantities humans attract spider’s ideal prey. Spiders will eat just about any insect and our homes are the perfect hiding place.
10) Horse Fly
Horse flies are a nuisance for farmers. They are very active during the day and are quite large. The female horse fly drink the blood of livestock and the often carry blood born diseases this can cause animals to fall ill and also infect others.
Horse flies can also make humans very uncomfortable, they are harder to get rid of then the average house fly and leave a painful and slow healing wound after a bite.
Fleas are parasites. They live off of animal and human blood. Fleas carry diseases as well as reproducing incredibly fast with females laying up to 2000 eggs in their lifespan! If left untreated large numbers of fleas can cause anaemia to their host.
Termites, like fleas also rapidly grow in number. Termites live in colonies are well known for their constant eating. They eat wood and cause serious damage to structures. Unfortunately termites are not easy to see and most people would not know they had a problem until structures start to deteriorate.
7) Kissing Bug
The kissing bug got their name from a case in which they bit the lip of a sleeping human. Like all blood sucking insects they are attracted to both animals and humans. The worst thing about the kissing bugs bite is that they transmit a parasite called trypanosoma cruzi. This parasite causes sleeping sickness and change disease, both can be fatal to humans and animals.
6) Giant Japanese Hornet
The giant Japanese hornet can grow up to 5cm in length making them the largest hornet in the world! They are incredibly venomous. The venom in a giant Japanese hornet’s sting is capable of dissolving organic tissues, killing around 40 people a year. Not only are they deadly to people, they cause serious problems for beekeepers as they prey on honey bees, a single giant Japanese hornet can devour up to 40 honey bees in one minute.
5) Tsetse Fly
Tsetse flies drink the blood of both animals and humans. The venom from the fly causes sleeping sickness, it is thought that they are responsible for over half a million human deaths, making them one of the most deadly creatures in Africa.
Rat infestations are a serious problem, even in developed countries. They are born survivors and rapidly reproduce. Due to the life they lead, often in sewers, they carry a lot of dangerous pathogens. A scratch or a bite from a rat can lead to a fever or diseases in both humans and animals. Rats commonly hide between the walls in people’s houses and make their nests. Rat droppings and urine also carries diseases. If a rat dies in the walls of your property it is a serious health hazard accompanied by a bad smell! Any rat infestations should be dealt with by a professional pest controller.
3) House Mouse
The house mouse is more dangerous that the rat! This is because it is a lot smaller in size meaning it needs less water and food to survive. They also reproduce a lot faster than rats. Mice carry a lot more diseases than rats, not only in their excrement and bites, but also in their fur. Unlike rats that regularly groom themselves, mice keep the dirt on so eventually it turns into grease allowing them to squeeze through small spaces, this also carries diseases. This greasy residue they leave behind is also the best way to tell the difference between a rat and a mouse infestation. Get the help of a professional pest controller for any mouse infestations.
2) Killer Bees
Killer bees are the most aggressive insect in the world! A killer bee sting on its own is not fatal; however a group of killer bees could quite easily end a life. Killer bees colonies can consist of up to 80,000 bees , and once agitated the will attack any living thing for the next 24 hours, as well as this they are capable of following a human for two kilometres and repetitively sting!
Mosquitoes earn the title of most dangerous pest on earth, not only for their annoying, itchy bites, but the transmittance of malaria which The World Health Organisation believe a child dies from every 30 seconds. Mosquitoes cause around 1 million deaths a year, and it’s not just malaria, mosquitoes can carry just about any disease, the most recent example would be the zika virus outbreak.