What arthropods are of medical importance in the United States?
Arthropods: Crustaceans, Insects, and Spiders
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|Arthropod||Effect on Human Health|
|Black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans)||Venomous bite|
|Brown recluse or violin spider (Loxosceles reclusa)||Venomous bite|
|Scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda)||Venomous bite|
|Chiggers (Trombiculid mites)||Dermatitis|
|Itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei)||Scabies|
|Deer tick (Ixodes dammini)||Bite transmits Lyme disease|
|Dog tick, wood tick (Dermacentor species)||Bite transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever|
|Mosquitoes||Bite transmits disease (West Nile virus, encephalitis, filarial worms)|
|Horseflies, deerflies||Female has painful bite|
|Houseflies||Many transmit bacteria and viruses|
|Bees, wasps, ants||Venomous stings (single stings not dangerous unless person is allergic)|