4 Stinging, Venomous or Biting Insects You Might be Surprised Live in Florida
Scorpions vary in size from 1-4 inches long. They normally live outdoors, although they will invade homes and buildings. Scorpions will sting, but usually only when provoked or disturbed. Scorpion venom is a neurotoxin, but the dose injected usually is insufficient to prove fatal to an adult human. None of the several species of scorpions that occur in Florida is capable of inflicting a lethal sting. However, the site of the sting may be sore and swollen for some time.
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Blister beetles are narrow beetles with a neck that is more slender than the head and wings. Adult beetles can release a fluid that causes blisters on human skin. The adult beetles feed on foliage, and people often come into contact with them, when moving through infested vegetation. The only suitable control of blister beetles is avoidance of individual beetles or chemical application to plants. It is necessary to check recommendations for the crop to determine the chemical to be used.
The Wheel Bug aka Assasin Bug
The wheel bug is a bug with a coglike crest on its thorax. They feed on insects; however, humans can get bitten by accidental contact. The bug penetrates the skin with its beak and injects a salivary fluid used to kill its prey. Mostly caterpillars and other soft tissue insects. The fluid causes an immediate intense pain that lasts three to six hours. The best way to prevent wheel bug bites is to avoid the insect. Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered as beneficial to the garden as ladybugs.
The Velvet Ant
Velvet ants are wingless antlike wasps. The females are solitary with an efficient, large stinger. Most species live on solitary bees and wasps. Humans are usually stung by velvet ants when the female is accidentally stepped on with bare feet or trapped against the body in clothes or bedding. Since the velvet ant is solitary and roaming, it is difficult to control. Their name velvet ant refers to their rather large amount of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Any wasp like ant creature with hair is suspect of being this type as their colors range even into many variations and patterns of the below colors and more.
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