10 Insects You Might Want to Avoid in the U.S.

16th March, 2024


The Mosquito

Found all across the U.S., mosquitos are more than itchy pests. They can carry diseases like West Nile Virus, Zika, and others. Repellent and minimizing standing water are key!

The Tick

Ticks hide in tall grass and brush. Their bites can transmit Lyme Disease and other illnesses. Careful tick checks after being outdoors are essential to prevent infection.

The Bee

Bees are crucial pollinators, but stings can be painful – and deadly if you're allergic. If you see bees foraging, leave them alone. Avoid wearing strong scents or bright floral clothing that might attract them.

The Wasp

Wasps are more aggressive than bees and don't lose their stingers. They can nest around homes. If you see a nest, DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself; contact a pest control service.

The Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees and notorious for painful stings. They scavenge human food, so keep garbage sealed and be careful at picnics! 

The Fire Ant

These ants have a burning sting and attack in large numbers! Fire ants are common in the southern U.S. Be aware when walking in fields or grassy areas.

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse spiders hide in dark places like woodpiles or closets. Their venomous bite can destroy tissue and require medical attention.

Black Widow Spider

Found throughout the U.S., black widows build messy webs in out-of-the-way spots. Their venom is neurotoxic – seek medical help immediately if bitten.

The Kissing Bug

Nicknamed for their tendency to bite near the lips, kissing bugs can transmit Chagas disease. They're found in the Southern US, often hiding in woodpiles or under debris.

The Assassin Bug

Assassin bugs are ambush hunters; some even camouflage themselves with debris! Their bite is painful but they rarely transmit diseases to humans.