10 Deadly Animals Lurking In Your Backyard


10 Deadly Animals Lurking In Your Backyard 10. Spiders An average 6.6 people die from spider bites
each year in the USA. Two of the most infamous spiders are the brown
recluse and the black widow. They love to hide in your house, in corners
and under toilet seats. Spider bites are a painful way to go: venoms
tend to cause sweating, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties and an irregular
heartbeat. In Australia, the redback spider’s bite
can kill an adult in 30 days; children can day in a day. The funnel web spider wanders around and is
particularly drawn to water – bites usually occur around swimming pools. The brown recluse’s venom has the additional
effect of eating your flesh. In 2015 a British man almost lost his leg
when a brown recluse bite turned his skin and muscle into a giant ulcer. However, spider bites rarely kill people,
because we’ve had antivenoms for years. Death occurs in 5% of untreated cases. For instance, even though the South American
Wandering Spider can kill you in under an hour, successful treatments mean its venom
is being considered as a possible treatment for erectile dysfunction. 9. Seagulls You may have noticed gulls are getting more
and more vicious. Gulls are very common in cities and seaside
towns, and they find human food delicious. Unfortunately, their size means they can and
will do anything to steal your food – including attack. They’re most aggressive in the summer, when
they protect their nests. In Britain this century, at least two dogs
have been pecked to death; several adult humans have been hospitalised with severe head injuries
from the gulls’ two-inch beaks; and one man suffered a fatal heart attack when a pack
of gulls attacked him. In 2016, scientists discovered seagulls are
carrying a new superbug across continents. Bacteria with the mcr-1 gene can resist all
known antibiotics. So far it has spread to 30 countries, and
there have been three cases in the US alone. It’s been found in pneumonia and e.coli
bacteria – which means the death rate from these illnesses could rise from 1% to 50%,
killing 1,000 Americans a year. 8. Bears Between them, brown bears, polar bears and
black bears cover most of Europe, Russia, Japan and North America. The spectacled bear lives in South America,
and the sloth bear lives in India and Burma. In each region, bears kill an average of 3
people per year, but it varies – the more densely populated a country is, the more deaths
from bear attacks there are. For instance, between 1989 and 1994, Indian
sloth bears injured 686 people and killed 48. Brown bear attacks are 3.5 times more likely
to injure you than polar bears, and 21 times more likely than black bears. Most injuries take the form of bites and lacerations
– a bear’s bite can tear the flesh off your bones, and break them into the bargain. In 2006, a man in China had a face transplant
after being mauled by a bear. Fortunately, bear attacks tend not to happen
in urban areas, and only when the bear feels threatened. Attacks normally last under 3 minutes. More reassuringly, bear spray has successfully
repelled an attack in 92% of cases. The chances of being injured in a bear attack
are now 1 in 2.1 million. If you want to avoid a bear attack, it’s
best to stay in groups and be as noisy as possible, to give nearby bears a chance to
get away from you. If you come across one, never look away from
it and back away. Don’t run, they’ll only chase you. But above all, follow the official advice:
don’t go where bears live. 7. Ants Around 5 million people are stung and bitten
by Fire Ants every year. A dozen Americans die each year from allergic
reactions and infections from the bites; overall about 30 people die worldwide from ant attacks. In Australia during the 20th century, at least
eight people were killed by the jack jumper ant; it took less than 20 minutes for them
to die from an allergic reaction. In certain areas, 3% of the population is
allergic to its venom. While most ant-related deaths occur because
of allergic reactions, in Africa there’s a particularly nasty species: the driver ant. As well as being an inch long, it lives in
swarm colonies of at least 20 million individuals, and unlike most ants, is carnivorous. Their soldiers have mandibles so strong that
once they bite you, even if you tear their bodies off, the jaws will remain clamped onto
your skin. They’re nomadic, moving base every day in
massive marching columns, going straight through fields, streets and even houses.They kill
and eat anything in their path, from cockroaches, to snakes, to birds – even humans. When this happens, they swarm inside orifices
and into the lungs, suffocating the victim before eating them from the inside out. Luckily, this is rare: it tends to happen
if you fall asleep outside, or are injured and unable to move. 6. Bees Honey bees kill 100 people every year. These are nearly all caused by allergic reactions
to bee venom. But if enough bees sting you, you can die
from the venom alone. Killer bees come from Brazil, where they were
created in the 1960s by cross-breeding European bees with African bees, hence the name. The idea was that European bees would be able
to live in hotter climates with help from their African cousins’ genes, and African
bees would become less aggressive, like their European relatives. Instead, the bees got a lot more aggressive. Where 20 normal bees will attack someone who
disturbs their nest, killer bees will attack people in swarms of one thousand. They’ll also chase victims for up to half
a kilometre before letting them go. Though they actually contain less venom than
normal bees, the sheer amount of attackers means they kill two people a year just from
the stinging. So far they’ve spread all over South America
and as far north as California. Hopefully they won’t spread much further. 5. Tick Ticks live in moist, shady grass – basically
anywhere it’s leafy or green. Ticks feed on human blood, filling themselves
until they almost burst. While the bite itself leaves you with a nasty
sting and sometimes bruising, the CDC lists 15 diseases spread by tick bites. These include: Lyme disease, which kills hundreds
of people each year; Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which affects 3,000 people a year and
has a 20% death rate if untreated; and tularaemia, which has ‘only’ a 2% fatality rate since
antibiotics came along. Other dangerous diseases ticks can give us
include anaplasmosis, louping ill, and, latest but not least, Powassan virus, which is incurable
and has a 10% death rate. Best of all, ticks are active all year-round,
so you can’t escape them. In an odd addition to their side-effects,
more and more people are developing an allergy to red meat because of tick bites. 4. Rats Rats spread several deadly diseases, including
typhus, leptospirosis, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. You usually catch these by breathing in or
ingesting rat urine, faeces or other secretions. Rat lung-worm can give you fatal meningitis. The filthy rodents also spread rat-bite fever,
which isn’t fatal but can take a year to go away. They like to bite humans on the hands and
face, between midnight and 8 a.m., when you’re sleeping. They tend to go for the hands and face, especially
the eyes. According to a study in 1945, rats like the
taste of human blood so much that they will eat more of it than they need to survive. In Majorca, a homeless man died after he was
partially eaten alive by rats, and in the last six years they ate at least four babies
as they slept in Britain and South Africa. A dozen or so people are killed each year
by rats having a night-time snack. 3. Dogs There are 4.5 million dog bites per year in
the USA, of which 885,000 lead to hospitalisations. On average, nearly 40 Americans have died
from dog attacks each year since the turn of the century. Most fatal attacks involve strangers’ dogs;
but 61% of all dog attacks happen at home. The danger isn’t just that an angry dog
might maul you to death. Every year, 55,000 people die from rabies,
and most of them contract it from dog bites. Interestingly, when it comes to dangerous
pets, cat bites are second only to dog bites in number: but they’re only dangerous if
the cat is rabid or you let the bite get infected. 2. Snakes In the movies, cobras and pythons get most
of the attention, but vipers are by far the deadliest. You’ll come across them hiding in the long
grass of fields, as well as the short grass of your lawn, all over the world except Antarctica,
Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. Every year, humans suffer 5.5 million snakebites
worldwide. From these, around 100,000 people die. Even if you survive, the strongest venom often
leads to permanent disabilities. Survivors can suffer muscle swelling, chronic
ulcers, sight loss and stroke. In Africa, 6,000 people a year have amputations
because of snakebites. The USA has 20 venomous species of snake. The most dangerous of these is the rattlesnake,
which accounts for 95% of US snakebite fatalities. In 2013, a man from Georgia was given eight
vials of antivenom when a rattlesnake bit him in his garage, but he still died. 1. Mosquitoes Mosquitoes are literally everywhere – in the
hills, in the forests, and in your backyard. They like to feed on human blood – and best
of all, they trade our crimson life fluid for a bunch of lovely diseases. If you’re lucky, mosquito bites will leave
you feeling a bit sore. If you’re unlucky, you’ll join the 700
million people every year who get diseases from the mini-vampires. If you’re really unlucky, you’ll join
the 3 million people who die from mosquito-transmitted diseases. The deadliest of these is malaria, but mosquitoes
also spread encephalitis, yellow fever, the zika virus, dengue fever and the West Nile
virus.

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Reader Comments

  1. ImProbablyFullOfShit ButLetMeTellYouMyOpinion

    Just because bee's are on the list doesn't mean any of you guys should think of killing them.

    Besides, why kill a bee when you can FUCC IT #HIP

  2. Adrian Svensson

    Move to scandanavia, its basiclly the safest area ever.

    Btw scandanavia is North eruope such AS Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

  3. Johnzad

    Omg there is a bear in my backyard oh wait I live in an apartment I'm fine haha fuck you guys I don't have to deal with any of these assholes

  4. IM ABOVE

    idk where u guys live but here in florida we in fact, have bears in our backyard. mostly all these animals are right outside the back door.

  5. Viktorija Smetanina

    good for but uhh first of all I don't have a back yard, I live in a flat :l second, I like in Scotland I don't have alot of spiders and bears???? they can't get in unless they combine over the fence but across the fence a have a road so…., no chance!!!!

  6. Omar Contreras

    i dont get the spider statistic on avarege 6.6 people die of spider bites? like wut 6.6 does the guy barely have enough energy to live ? i dont gets pls help my brain

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