Sometimes big things come in small packages – and unfortunately, this applies to poisonous pests. Some of the world’s poisonous animals are small enough to fit in a bread box (although you might want to wrap a chain around it if you ever actually got these creatures inside!) Below we’ll discuss the top five poisonous pests that can fit in a bread box.
Ever hear of the sea wasp? No? Well, don’t let its name fool you – this critter is actually not a wasp, but a jelly fish, although both creatures deliver painful stings. The sea wasp lives in the Indo-Pacific region, and while its body (or bell) only grows to be about 10 – 12 inches (or 25 – 30 cm,) its tentacles would have to be folded in order to fit this guy into your breadbox. The sea wasp delivers a very painful, very dangerous sting, that can easily kill a person, with its venom paralyzing the victim’s heart in approximately 30 seconds. Victims have actually died from shock or heart failure before reaching shore after being stung by sea wasps. Its translucent skin makes it difficult to see, putting swimmers at risk.
Even if you’re a hard core sea shell collector, you will probably want to pass on the cone shell. The cone shell is actually a marine snail that lurks in the Indo-Pacific region. They can grow to be as large as 6 inches (or 15 cm) long, and are a force to be reckoned with. The cone shell is extremely toxic, delivering venom through a dart similar that resembles a harpoon, which in turn causes pain, dizziness, numbness, and paralysis. If you’re still not convinced that this “sea shell” is dangerous, take this into consideration: the venom from one sting is potent enough to kill several people. Fatalities may be rare, but there is no anti-venom, rendering the cone shell extremely deadly.
Mosquitoes are in overabundance if you live in warm climates. While most mosquito bites aren’t deadly, they are known to transmit diseases that can be – such as yellow fever, malaria, filariasis, dengue, West Nile virus, meningitis, and even HIV. If a mosquito is infected with parasites , they can transfer their diseases to your blood by biting you.
Poison frogs may be tiny – measuring from half an inch to two and a half inches – but their skin sure is deadly. These frogs prefer to dwell in the tropical areas of Central and Southern America, and their brightly colored skin can be extremely potent – so if you ever encounter one, be sure not to pop it into your mouth!
The Tsetse fly from Africa measures less than an inch long, but this blood sucker is known to wreak havoc on those who encounter it. Its blade-like mandibles pierce the skin on humans and other animals, and can pass on parasites that it’s been infected with – including the “sleeping sickness.” Symptoms include drowsiness, fever, and swelling of the lymph nodes. The sleeping sickness can be fatal if not treated.
So there you have it – 5 poisonous pests that can fit in your breadbox. These creatures may be small, but they are certainly deadly – and you might just want to bury your breadbox if you ever capture any of these in it!
About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Virginia Beach pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.