It is Fall in Kentucky and I may be a little behind writing this blog now, when people will stay indoors more and more as the weather cools. Still, there is a lot of pleasant weather to be enjoyed yet and with it is always the threat of insect bites and stings! Below are some interesting facts about the 10 most dangerous of those in the United States.

  1. Black Widow Spider –Venom 15 times more dangerous than Rattlesnakes.
  • Tarantula Spider—Lifespan of 30 years, Venom is not deadly but can cause rash and pain. Usually do not attack unless provoked.
  • Africanized Bee—Usually do not attack unless their hive is threatened. If you see a swarm of bees, steer clear.
  • Mosquitoes—More people throughout the world are killed by these pesky critters than any other factor. Not to mention the discomfort of welts and itching they can cause.
  • Red Fire Ants—They have a painful sting. Can be found on golf courses, picnic areas and parks.
  • Wasps—They do not lose their stinger when they sting so they can continue to sting their victim numerous times.
  • Brown Recluse Spider—They can be deadly to children under 7 years. Can cause a painful sore and flesh can become infected causing a hole where the bite was. Seek Medical attention.
  • Scorpions—Night predators that have a painful sting causing rash and swelling.
  • Ticks—Very small but can be very dangerous. Some of them carry Lyme Disease. Always check clothing and skin after a hike or hunting in the woods.
  1. Centipedes and Millipedes—They carry a venom that can be toxic to some people who are allergic to other insect venoms.

As with any other condition, seek medical attention if you experience swelling, have a red painful rash, feel feverish or just generally unwell after a sting or bite. Better to be safe than sorry!