10 of the most annoying insects in the world

Did you know that there are over 30 million different species of insects on the planet, and they are just the ones that have been identified so far! It is also estimated that insects make up the largest biomass on earth and, at any point in time, there are at least 10 quintillion insects buzzing and crawling around the earth. Now, that’s enough insects to bug anyone, but, which insects bug you the most? Here’s a list of put top ten most annoying insects. Let us know in the comments if we missed your most troublesome bug!

1. Mosquitos

Anyone who has ever camped out will know the pain of being feasted upon by mosquitos. They are clever little suckers, because they numb your skin before they suck your blood, so you don’t know you’ve been bitten until a few minutes later when your skin begins to swell up and the bites itch like crazy. On a more serious note, they also spread a lot of disease and mosquitoes are in fact responsible for more human deaths than any other animal on the planet.

2. House flies

The scourge of the picnic and the insect that keeps you awake at night as it buzzes around your bedroom; the common house fly is more of a menace that you might have realised. They regurgitate and poop when they land and that’s why they spread disease, so think about that little fact, the next time one lands on your picnic sandwich.

3. Wasps

Wasps really have it in for humans, especially if you are drinking a glass of cola in your garden. You just about get settled down for relaxing afternoon in the sun and, suddenly, you are dive-bombed by a whole squadron of the nasty little critters. The worst bit is when they buzz around your head, or get caught in your hair and, if they do sting you, boy, does it hurt!

4. Spiders

OK, so spiders aren’t really insects, but they are still the creepy crawlies that most people hate the most. They hide under your furniture and then run out toward you when you are watching TV, or they sit in your bathroom sink waiting to surprise you first thing in the morning. Insects, or not, we don’t care, they are still going on our list of annoying bugs.

5. Fleas

If you own a pet, then the chances are that you have been introduced to the flea. They just love feeding on the blood of dogs and cats and then your cuddly pet brings them indoors for you. They then lay their eggs all around your home and you have a flea infestation to deal with. Fleas are not averse to having a nibble on humans too, and they are so difficult to get rid of.

6. Ants

Ants are so tiny, you’d never think that they could really annoy anyone, until, that is, you have them invade your home in the thousands. If ants can find something they like to eat in your home; it won’t be long before you have a whole troop of them marching in line to pick up their free meal. They bite too, and, when they swarm, you get millions of flying ants that seem to get everywhere.

7. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are an insect that is usually found in warmer climates and dodgy fast food outlets, but they can find their way into your home too. The problem with cockroaches is that they are so resilient, so they are hard to get rid of, and they are such profile breeders. Cockroaches will only go where they can find food so, if you want to avoid getting them in your home, keep your kitchen spotlessly clean and put food away properly.

8. Midges

Midges are the tiny little biting insects that you can barely see, and that is where they get their other name of, “no-see-ums”, from. One on its own wouldn’t be too bad, but when they swarm around your head and bite you all over is when midges get really annoying. These little biting insects love to be near water and they will bite you, day and night, if they get the chance.

9. Ticks

Ticks, like spiders, actually belong to the arachnid family and they are tiny little bugs that bury themselves into the skin to feed.  Ticks hang around on the leaves and branches of bushes and then jump off onto any passing mammal to latch into them and feed. These little bugs are not only annoying; they can also spread disease like Lyme disease.

10. Bedbugs

Just when you thought it was safe to get back into bed; the bedbugs are back! These tiny, almost invisible, insects were thought to be a thing of the past, but have recently been making a comeback in even the cleanest of homes. They live in your bedding and your mattress and come out at night to feed on your blood. Keep them at bay by changing your bed lining frequently and vacuuming your mattress.

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