Pesky pirate bugs back again bringing with them a vicious bite

Ever wondered what those small black bugs are that always bite you in the fall? That's a minute pirate bug.
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Courtesy UNL

The minute pirate bug, they’re only about 1/8 of an inch but their bite packs quite the punch.

“Definitely feels like almost like a needle is poking into you for a second. I brush them off but they always come back and bite you,” Ella Frederick said.

For some it can cause red welts to pop up but for others, you’ll feel the bite for a second and then that’s about it.

The good news is, their bites are relatively harmless.

“There’s really nothing dangerous about the bites as far as they don’t transmit any diseases or anything. It’s more so just a nuisance,” Erin Bauer with UNL said.

If you’ve stepped outside to enjoy the fall weather you’ve probably felt like a giant X, marking the spot for those pesky little pirate bugs but humans aren’t actually their intended prey.

“They’re not something like a mosquito where they go after you for a blood meal. They actually are looking for a prey insect to feed on and they poke around and discover you,” Bauer said.

They actually feed on things like small insects and their eggs. Pirate bugs are actually beneficial for the eco–system.

The bad news is, there’s not much you can do to keep them from landing on you and avoiding that vicious bite.

Everyone will just have to wait until winter rolls around when pirate bugs will set sail and finally leave you alone.


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