5 Creepiest Bugs that Could be Living On You

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bedbugPhoto: Janice Harney Carr

Are there bugs that live on your body? Do they feed upon your blood? The answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’. Humans are a favorite cuisine for millions of microbes, mites, worms and bugs. In other words, we humans are the most suitable habitat and a ‘walking ecosystem’ for these hungry bugs. Here is a list of some of the hungriest and creepiest that might be feasting on you right now.

Male human head lousePhoto: Gilles San Martin

5. Head Lice

Each fall brings a nasty surprise, when kids as well as elders go crazy and buggy! Head lice infestation is widely endemic. Head lice are generally spread quickly through head-to-head contact with an infested person. These insects live and lay eggs in human hair and can cause a very itchy scalp.

A few times a day, head lice dine on our blood, with the help of a long straw-like tube, called a stylet. They love to live close to the scalp and cannot survive more than a day away from their hosts – mainly kids between the ages of 3 and 11. These little fellows have been living with us for quite a long period. Scientists found a louse egg on a strand of hair that was 10,000 years old!

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House dust mitePhoto: Gilles San Martin

4 House Dust Mites

‘Cosmopolitan’ guests in human habitation, house dust mites are found in almost every home. You can find this creamy-blue, eight-legged-creatures in your bedding, pillows, couches and carpets. Invisible to the naked eye, these mites look like specks and can be seen through a microscope.

Perhaps millions of mites share your bed all day and feed on organic detritus such as flakes of shed, dead skin, also known as dander. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic sneezes. Truly, these small creatures can cause big problems.

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