5 most dangerous insects in the world

 

I’ve never been a fan of insects, which is probably one of the reasons I didn’t get to spend a lot of time outdoors. I was spooked by all the bugs out there, and my parents couldn’t help me cope with my fear in any way. Things got a bit worse when I started researching various insects online. I was horrified of the dangers they could pose to a human being.

For a while, I entertained the idea of moving to Australia, partly because I wanted to leave my old life behind and partly because it seemed a cool adventure. Unfortunately, I found out that some of my friends who had immigrated to the land Down Under were having a lot of trouble dealing with the huge insects in their homes.

Of course, the reality of bugs is ever-present in the States, as well, where cockroaches can get to a pretty impressive size. To cut things short, I’m going to tell you all about the 5 deadliest insects in the world today.

  1. Bot Fly

The Bot Fly can be found mostly in South and Central America. One of the grossest things about this insect is that it deposits its eggs underneath the superficial skin layer of mammals, including humans. The larvae can live in the subdermal zones of the skin for as many as sixty days and more.

 

  1. Tsetse Fly

This type of insect is one of the most dangerous ones that are native to Africa. They feed on the blood of mammals, but their taste in victims isn’t all that picky as they basically prefer the taste of any vertebrate. What makes it dangerous is not that it is a blood-sucking bug, but the fact that it releases a toxin every time it strings the skin of humans and animals. The venom makes the victim sleepy, and given that the symptoms aren’t specific, a string can easily lead to fatality.

 

  1. Killer Bee

The problem with killer bees is not that they are dangerous per se. In fact, the toxin of an individual might hardly cause you harm. However, the issue with killer bees is that they attack in groups. Colonies of over 70,000 members can be attacked by humans, in which case the bees are alert for as many as 24 hours and can kill anything that comes their way.

 

  1. Mosquito

Believe it or not, mosquitoes are the deadliest insects ever to have seen the face of the Earth, and that is because they are the main vector for malaria disease transmission. They cause over one million deaths per year. It’s estimated that every thirty seconds or so, a child dies from this disease.

  1. Driver Ant

Because they have remarkably strong mandibles, driver ants are way more dangerous than their regular counterparts. They can make dozens of wounds on animals and humans alike and they raid the nests of other insects that they kill, if they need their food.

 

 

A device that makes fuel and cleans air – is it possible?

Cleaning up the Earth should be a matter of concern for all the humans who live on this planet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be a concern of the current administration, which is something I will probably address in another post. Today, I’d like to tell you about a new device that seems to be capable of making fuel and cleaning air at the same time.

Scientists at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have managed to come up with a prototype that relies on the use of chemical reactions to rid the air of pollutants. Obviously, the first question that went through my mind was exactly what kind of byproduct was this device capable of producing because let’s face it, things can’t be all that good. Luckily, the prototype makes hydrogen gas, which can be utilized as fuel.

The best thing about the device is that it has a two-sided design. On one part, it’s made out of nanomaterial and its other side is used to produce the hydrogen. Best of all, it doesn’t need any electricity or source of energy to be able to do its job. It’s powered by the sun. So, you see, there won’t be any harmful chemicals coming out of the prototype anytime soon.

 

Of course, it may be some time before the researchers manage to come up with a finalized version of this unit; however, I am feeling quite hopeful in this regard as the Belgians and the Dutch have a long history behind them with regard to innovation and making things work as efficiently as possible. The design needs to be scaled and even be transformed so that it works on an industrial level. This process might just as well get rid of most of the pollutants in the air that we breathe.

Of all the countries that have issues with pollution, I think China has to be one of the most affected ones. I’ve actually read an article about this and there are people claiming that this country is likely to disappear in the next century or so because natives will have to leave it gradually. Some Chinese cities are so badly affected that you can’t see the sun or the sky through the smog.

 

London used to be the same back when the steam engine was invented by James Watt, but Europeans have made significant changes in the past centuries. Moreover, they have policies that make it impossible for business owners to avoid protecting the environment some way or the other. I think that the Americans should learn a bit from their European friends. It’s important to keep an open mind and understand that the environment is here not because of us. The Earth has existed for millennia without any help from us, humans.