bigstock-Anopheles-mosquito--dangerous-16868006Insects might be nowhere near as large or intimidating as the big cats, such as lions and tigers that humanity has always feared and dreaded. But when you consider the amount of damage that insects inflict on us every year, you suddenly realize that though deceptively small and puny, they are far more deadly than all the world’s ‘‘dangerous’’ animals put together. If you are in doubt of the authenticity of that statement, then read on and discover a few facts about those little bugs. Below are 3 common and dangerous insects:

The Mosquito

When it comes to the sheer ability to inflict so much death and misery on man, mosquitoes simply have no equal in the animal and insect world. We are all familiar with their highly irritating bites that simply drive you crazy. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These tiny bugs are singly responsible for causing the death of a staggering 1.2 million people in the world each year through malaria, with the vast majority living in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s more deaths than those caused by all the other world’s animals combined! Although malaria causes so many deaths, it causes a lot more economic damage in terms of number of infections. Hundreds of people get infected every year and this results in hundreds of dollars-worth of wasted man-hours and cost of treatment. In fact, if you live in Africa, there is a 30% chance that you will get at least one bout of malaria each year.

The female anopheles mosquito is the mosquito species that’s responsible for spreading malaria. They feed on human blood in order to breed. In the process of sucking blood, they pass on the malaria parasite plasmodium. The culex species is responsible for spreading the filarial worm that causes the unsightly swelling of limbs, a disease also known as Filariasis or Elephantiasis. Other mosquito species are responsible for causing yellow fever. Canines such as dogs are also afflicted by the deadly Dog Heartworm disease. Horses are afflicted by Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The list of diseases caused by mosquitoes is too long to list here, but at least you get the point I’m trying to drive home. There is simply no equal to the mosquito in terms of sheer destructive power. Call us at Sugarland Exterminating and we will deal with the mosquitos.


Termites, unlike mosquitoes, do not cause death in human beings; at least not directly, but are almost as deadly. Termites might not rank anywhere close to wasps and the African bee or even the safari ant when it comes to stinging or biting. But make no mistake, termites have deadly enzymes that dissolve and cut through wood like a hot knife through butter. They are capable of obliterating whole estates of wooden housing like nothing else can. Termite infestations are incredibly hard to control and are best handled by a professional exterminator. This is because termites work their way through your wooden structures silently and you only realize they are there when it’s already too late and the damage is already done.

Safari Ants

Everybody fears and dreads the safari ant and for good reason. These jet-black insects deliver painful bites like no other. Their close cousin, the African ant, is just as deadly. The main reason these insects are so dangerous is because they live in very large colonies of as many as 20 million-strong! People who live in farms are perhaps more familiar with their ravages. They can get inside your chicken coop at night and kill hundreds of chicken in a matter of a few minutes.

Sugarland Exterminating is a family-owned Pest Control Company that is fully dedicated to keeping homes pest and bugs-free. We are not one of those fly-by-night flash-in-the-pan companies; we have more than 40 years of pest control experience under our belts! We offer services to residents of Acadiana including Houma, Marksville, Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. Sugarland Exterminating offers commercial pest inspection services, industrial pest inspection, termite control services and general pest control services. Call us today and let us take care of your pest problem.