Friday, November 1, 2013

Time to #BugOut

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Insects. Bugs. Creepy, crawly creatures. Some people fear them, but at Orkin, they study them. I just read a creepy article called The world’s scariest bugs. It takes a closer look at some of the scariest looking and deadliest arthropods from around the world, which include Spiders, Bullet Ants, Army Ants, the Human Botfly, the Goliath Bird-eating Spider, the Black Widow and Brazilian Wandering Spiders, the Giant Japanese Hornet, and Insect Vectors.

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By far, I am most scared of the spider. Any kind. Small, big, harmless, or deadly! But after reading this article, the Botfly sort of really creeps me out! The human botfly may not look scary, but when you find out that you have larvae living under your skin feeding on your flesh, you may change your mind. Found mostly south of Mexico, human botfly larvae can live in the flesh of your body until they fall out to complete the next state of their lifecycle. Um…..ewwwww! I am sure glad that I live in the north!

Clearly you should steer clear of some insects and spiders, but it is also important to remember that most insects and arachnids normally do not pose a medical threat to humans but all of them should be treated with respect. So the next time you see a scary bug or spider, just snap a pic and keep your hands to yourself. Then you can post it online and let your friends freak out with you!

The Orkin Ecologist site is a fantastic educational resource (for both novice and experienced) science lovers and I encourage you to check it out! Your kiddos would probably love it!

Check it all out at the Orkin Ecologist on Facebook, as well as the Orkin Ecologist on Pinterest and/or share something on their board using #BugOut.

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