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PRESENTATION ON

HARMFUL INSECTS
PRESENTED BY
HARJI SINGH
4
th
A3
17
HOUSE CENTIPEDES
Their scientific name is Scutigera
Coleoptrata. They originate from the
Mediterranean and it is a very
common bug. They look really weird,
but they are actually good because
they eat other insects and even some
spiders. They are responsible for
many deaths every year. Their bite will
not hurt a normal person, but if you
are allergic to the venom they
produce, then you will be in serious
trouble. These tiny things bite rarely,
but it is never too bad to be careful
now is it?
LOCUSTS
They are from the family of
grasshoppers. They are not that
deadly to humans really. They feed on
plants and crops. They attack in
swarms of several thousand insects.
They are not trouble to humans in
terms of death, but they do pose a
financial threat considering the fact
that they destroy millions of acres
worth of crop ever year. They can also
case plague. Locusts were the eighth
during the Plagues of Egypt.
WASPS
Wasps and bees are something you
will find absolutely anywhere.
Anywhere with flowers, or anywhere it
smell sweet. If you are not allergic to a
wasp sting, then it is okay but if it is
otherwise, then you have a problem.
Around 53 people die to wasps
because of allergic reactions to their
sting. People with allergies need to
stay clear because if you are stung
you can go into anaphylactic shock
and then can lead you to die.
GIANT HORNET
You probably did see a hornet at least
once in your life. They don’t seem that
scary because they are usually not
that big. But the Asian Giant Hornet is
on a whole other level. It has a wing
span of three inches and is around 2
inches in length. The mere sting is
1/4
th
of an inch. Around 70 people die
every year because of these things.
Their venom can damage soft tissue,
cause discomfort and produce an
odor that will attract other giant
hornets. I would not want to be near
one, ever.
FIRE ANTS
They are usually found in sand or soil. They
feed on plants, crickets and other smaller
insects. Their sting is very venomous and you
can’t just provoke them and get away without
a bite. Their sting feels like that particular
body part is on fire which earns them their
name as well. A few small stings from these
insects can be cured, but if you are swarmed
by a huge group of Fire Ants, chances are
you will not live. They cause around 150
deaths every day and since they feed on
plants, they destroy crops and cause
damages worth millions of dollars.

TSE TSE FLY
These tiny guys feed on blood and that’s how they spread the disease by the
name of trypanosomiases in humans. They bite you and pass it on through
their mouths. These flies live in Africa and they kill around 250 to 300
thousand victims in a year. The disease they transmit is known as the Sleeping
Sickness and it if is not treated immediately or timely, you necessary bodily
functions will stop working and it is pretty much Game Over. There are around
34 different species of these flies and they look just like normal houseflies, so
be careful and be careful again.

BEES
This is what you need to know about your everyday bee. They will not feel the
need to sting you if you let them be. Unless you do something really stupid
such as throwing a rock at their hive, they will not bother you. Besides, the
poor things die once they sting. But the Africanized or Killer Bees, they are
they are the problem. They will swarm over their victims in huge numbers and
sting him/her/it to death. That happens with the slightest provocation. Stare at
their nest and shout out, see what happens. Although, I would really advise
you not to.
RAT FLEAS
Fleas are no bigger than your nail but they do carry harmful and at times, fatal,
germs. Most famous one of those is the Yersinia Pestis Bacteria. This
particular bacterium has been causing death in Europe since the fourteenth
century and is known as ‘Black Death’. It killed nearly 350 to 375 million people
between the years 1348 and 1350 (YES, two years). You can find fleas in a dog
or a cat but none of those are as deadly as the fleas found on a rat. They are
so very small (1/6
th
or 1/8
th
of an inch) and can still cause millions to die.
ANOPHELES MOSQUITO
I hate mosquitos, they are
irritating, they buzz and they
cause irritation. Besides, they
feed on blood and that’s more
than enough reason for me.
They are disgusting and they
lay eggs on stagnant waters.
That can be handled; the
problem arises when you come
across a disease-carrying
mosquito. They can cause you
serious illness and in some
cases death. The most common
virus carried by these
mosquitoes is Malaria and now
another disease is coming up
called ‘Dengue’. Please protect
yourself from these mosquitos.