Warning: Killing This Bug In New York State Could Burn You
This one will make your skin crawl.
Recently, I was scrolling on social media and came across a video from influencer Thor Bradley. Some may recognize him as the man who chops wood, in a suggestive manner, shirtless on TikTok.
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In one of his latest videos (with his shirt on!) he shared that he found a bug crawling in his boot.
The bug was a millipede and he unfortunately stepped on it, causing it to burst onto his sock and foot. This is where I learned that some millipedes and centipedes release a toxic liquid as a defense mechanism that could possibly harm humans.
Bradley explains he didn't move fast enough to wash the toxic liquid off his foot. In turn his toes and foot turned purplish red with burn marks. Warning this picture may be disturbing to some:
Can Centipedes and Millipedes in New York State Burn You?
Bradley I believe lives out west, so I breathed a sigh of relief until I did what most people would do: Go to Google.
So I did some research and it looks like there are a handful of centipedes and millipedes that can cause skin irritation like pictured above.
According to Bird Watching HQ, there are 7 different types of millipedes and centipedes found in New York State:
- Black and Gold Flat Millipede
- Greenhouse Millipede
- Yellow-Legged Millipede
- Brown Centipede
- Eastern Red Centipede
- House Centipede
- Soil Centipedes
While none of them pose too much of a danger to humans, the Black and Gold Flat Millipede can give off a poisonous toxin.
The site writes:
The Black and Gold Flat Millipede is generally harmless to humans. However, is does have a cyanide-based defensive poison that can cause skin or eye irritation.
They go on to add "If you touch one, wash your hands right away to avoid any itchiness."
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