Can Grasshoppers Bite You?
The Facts About Grasshoppers & How They Affect Humans:
Insects are not insects! Insects have legs, wings, antennae, eyes and other body parts that they use for locomotion. Insects do not need to breathe air or eat food; they live off of energy from sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2). There are no bugs without a mouth.
Bugs do not have brains; they have nervous systems. Insects have been around since before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Insects are alive! Yes, I’m serious.
Grasseshoppers (Crickets) Are Not Dangerous To Us:
Grasseshoppers are not dangerous to us because they don’t cause any harm to humans. If anything, grasshoppers might even be beneficial for some people who suffer from allergies or asthma. However, there is one thing that grasshoppers definitely aren’t good for…humans!
Grasseshooters are NOT Beneficial For People With Allergies:
Allergy sufferers may experience severe reactions when exposed to grasshoppers. These allergic reactions include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, wheezing and coughing up blood. Grasshoppers can also make it difficult for someone with asthma to breathe properly. Grasshoppers can also cause damage to your lungs due to their high fat content.
If a grasshopper is eaten, the person who eats the grasshopper will be at risk of eroding their esophagus. Grasshoppers can also cause other complications for people with other medical issues. Even healthy people need to be careful when they are exposed to grasshoppers and other flying insects. If a flying insect lands on you and you don’t brush it off soon enough, you could start having allergic reactions to it.
How To Protect Yourself From Grasshoppers:
If you suffer from severe allergies, you should stay away from grassy areas where there are grasshoppers often found. If you go to these areas, be sure to take your medicines with you in case of an allergic reaction. If you don’t have your medicines, get out of that area immediately and seek emergency help as soon as possible! Be sure to take precaution when spending time in areas where grasshoppers are often found.
When you go camping or hiking in grassy areas, be sure to bring a tent or other shelter that is resistant to insects. Tents made with no-see-um netting will protect you from flying insects. If there are no shelters around, you can make a makeshift tent out of a tarp. If there are hostels or hotels nearby, stay in one of those instead. If all else fails, stay in your car. Turn on the A/C to keep the mosquitoes away. Make sure that you dress appropriately so that the mosquitoes won’t be able to bite through your clothing. Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants can help prevent mosquito bites. Apply insect repellent to any part of your body that is exposed. Use a mosquito coil or a portable mosquito trap to keep the mosquitoes away. If you know there are dangerous insects in an area, don’t go! Especially if you are allergic to mosquito bites, it is not worth the risk going to an area where there are dangerous insects. If you need to go to an area where there are dangerous insects and you don’t have any protection, you can hire a professional exterminator to come and kill the insects for you.
How To Identify Grasshoppers:
Grassesotppers can be identified by their green bodies with distinctive black and yellow stripes. There are several different types of grasshoppers. Some common types of grasshoppers include the banded grasshopper, the speckled grasshopper, the striped grasshopper and the variable grasshopper. All types of grasshoppers have wings and most can jump quite far.
If you see a grasshopper or any type of flying insect in or around Houston, TX, be sure to take precaution!
How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers:
If you have grasshoppers or other pests on your property, contact us today. Our pest control professionals will be able to determine the best treatment for your yard and get rid of the unwanted pests!
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Grasshoppers: Their habits and damage by H Osborn – 1906 – kb.osu.edu