It's Springtime!  Here come the small, dangerous creatures we hate the most.

If you are an outdoorsy-type person, like me, chances are there have been a time or two in your life where you have been afraid of some outdoor creature's potential attack.  Especially if you are outside at night.  Things really get scary when the sun goes down.  Or, when you're waiting for it to come up.  There have been plenty a time when I've gone outside at 4am heading to work when I've heard the rustle of leaves and thought to myself, "ok, please don't let there be a hungry bear in my backyard ready to eat me!"  Usually, it's a doe, a deer, a female deer.  (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

We know that bears are dangerous, especially when they are hungry, just like us.  We get dangerous when we get hungry too.  But there are two particular critters here in NH that are really dangerous too.

Like this guy.  The Io Moth Caterpillar.  According to, this cute little guy has venom in those tree like structures on his back.  At the slightest touch, you could break out in to a rash that could send you to the Emergency Room, so stay away!

Io Moth Caterpillar (Automaris Io)
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Then there's our friend, the tick.  And when I say friend, I mean arch enemy.  Some of the diseases you can get from this disgusting insect are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and tularemia, according to the  I have never heard of the last three, but they don't sound fun at all.  The symptoms are similar to Lyme Disease and I'm not sure how you would be able to tell them apart.  Luckily, I'm not a doctor.  I am, however, an outdoorsy person who hates ticks.  Those are just a few of the diseases you can get!  There are a whole bunch more.  I remember finding them on my dog when I was a kid and they were the grossest things I've ever encountered.




Close-up of castor bean tick on human nail. Ixodes ricinus
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Tick bite
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Seriously, how gross is that?  Look at the rash that they give you!  Eyoo, eyoo, eyoo!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the mosquito.  Like the tick, they can give you a bunch of diseases like malaria, West Nile virus and more, according to the CDC.

Cover up and don't touch caterpillars!

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