These 10 Bugs Found In Maine Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine
By Michelle|Updated on July 07, 2023(Originally published July 06, 2023)
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We live amongst nature here in Maine, which means there’s no shortage of nearby wildlife. It comes as no surprise that there are plenty of bugs in Maine. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the creepiest Maine bugs and insects are, wonder no more. We’ve included 10 bugs of Maine below. While some of these creepy crawlers are pretty much harmless, the others are ones you might want to avoid, as they can be among the most dangerous things in Maine.
Have you ever seen any of these 10 scary bugs in Maine? If so, let us know in the comments below. Also, share with us your least favorite bug of Maine!
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What three Maine insects should be avoided at all costs?
Like most other states, Maine is filled with many types of insects. While most of the Maine insects are pretty harmless, there are several that can be dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Listed below are three of these Maine insects.
Ticks: Ticks might be small and not look like they pose a threat, but they certainly do. They're known to carry a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease. Babesiosis is another disease that can be contracted through tick bites. Both of these diseases, if contracted via a tick bite, can be fatal. To help prevent tick bites, remember to always wear bug repellent when outdoors.
Bumblebees/Hornets: If you've ever been stung by a bumblebee or hornet, you probably experienced some pretty significant pain. Even though bumblebees are great for our environment, their stingers can still cause allergic reactions, which, like tick bites, could be fatal. Hornet stings also hurt. In fact, they usually hurt much worse. The next time you see a bumblebee or hornet, be sure to leave them alone. They'll only bother you if they feel threatened.
Assassin Bugs: Assassin bugs have a long, pointy beak they use to kill their insect prey. With that being said, when an assassin bug bites a human, the pain is usually excruciating. These insects typically hide in plants, so always use caution whenever you're outdoors.
What's one of the most destructive Maine bugs?
There are several types of bugs located throughout the state of Maine, including quite a few that are very destructive. One of the most destructive Maine bugs is the Southern Lyctus beetle. The Southern Lyctus beetle is a wood chipper bug that's known to do lots of damage to trees, untreated furniture, etc. It's usually 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch long. Also known as a powderpost beetle, the Southern Lyctus beetle re-infests dry, seasoned wood year after year. This destructive beetle is known for leaving behind holes filled with powdery frass.