Are these 11 insects found in New York really dangerous?

Welcome to spring when the weather is warmer, there may be more sunshine, and definitely more bugs! But how many of them are actually bad?

You may have already noticed some of them already in your home. It starts warming up, they start hatching and they get more active, and suddenly you’re looking for the highest rated exterminator to call.

Are there dangerous insects living in New York?

When you compare New York to other states, very few “dangerous” insects live here. We don’t see the spiders and scorpions that you might see in a warmer state like Arizona or any other warm state. There have been sightings of black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders here (both extremely dangerous to humans) but both are not native here and sightings are very rare.

Ticks can be dangerous to humans

They are known to carry Lyme disease and their bite can transmit it to us and there are plenty of them in New York. You’ll often find them in tall grass and fields in the spring.

Mosquitoes are actually one of the most dangerous animals in the world

They estimate that they actually cause about 725,000 deaths each year. But it is the diseases they carry that create the problems. It is not the mosquito bite themselves.

New York is home to many stinging insects

What we have a lot of insects that sting. You will find wasps and yellow jackets everywhere in New York. Their sting not only hurts, it can be fatal to someone allergic to their venom.

But for the most part, most of the bugs you find in your home are harmless. They are not there to suck your blood or eat you. They are just looking for a nice place to live and your house was open (either through a crack or an open door).

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