These Bugs Give Bugs a Bad Name

These Bugs Give Bugs a Bad Name

Their looks are certainly against them, but the truth is that bugs of all kinds are actually a really important part of the ecosystem. They do a lot of good work in nature and are an important source of food for small predators and omnivores. The truth is, we simply couldn’t do without them. That said, there are a few bad apples that give all bugs a bad name. 

Stink Bugs

In their native environment, they’re fairly harmless and not too irritating, but when the brown marmorated stink bug arrived in America, it quickly became a reviled invasive alien. Uncontrollable waves of stink bugs swarmed people’s houses and got into their cars. Anyone who’s had to deal with stink bug pest control knows just how bad they can be.


Mosquitoes are, in many ways, humanity’s most deadly predator. Most of the time they’re just an annoying summer pest, leaving irritation and itchy red welts in their wake. When they aren’t merely annoying us, they’re killing us. Mosquitoes, and more specifically the diseases they carry, kill over 700,000 humans a year. That’s more than snakes, sharks, and other humans combined.


Bees are lovely creatures who will only sting you if they feel they have no other choice. Wasps, on the other hand, are notoriously difficult and sometimes downright aggressive, and many of them don’t have the saving grace of being a valuable and well known pollinator. Many wasps have done nothing deserve this bad reputation, but enough do that they all tend to get tarred with the same brush.

It’s probably safe to say that most people don’t like bugs. It’s probably equally safe to say that the vast majority of bugs don’t deserve that dislike. Nonetheless, there are many insects that are reviled with good reason, and the examples above are just a few of them.

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