What happens if a locust bites you?

Answered by Tom Adger

When it comes to locusts, it’s important to note that they do not typically bite humans. Locusts are primarily herbivorous insects, feeding on plant matter such as leaves, stems, and crops. Their primary purpose is not to seek out humans as a food source.

If, by chance, a locust were to come into contact with a human and attempt to bite, the impact is generally minimal. Locusts do not possess strong mandibles or a venomous sting like some other insects. Their mouthparts are designed for chewing on vegetation rather than for piercing human skin. Therefore, any “bite” from a locust would likely be more of a nibble or pinch without breaking the skin.

It’s important to remember that locusts are not aggressive towards humans and biting is not a behavior they typically exhibit. However, if a locust were to land on you and nibble, it may cause a slight sensation or discomfort. This could be compared to a minor pinch or tickle.

In terms of any potential harm, the chances of a locust bite resulting in any significant injury or health issues are extremely low. Locusts are not known to transmit diseases to humans, unlike certain other insects like mosquitoes or ticks. So, even if a locust were to bite, it would generally be harmless and not cause any long-term effects.

It is worth mentioning that locust swarms can be a significant concern for agricultural communities, as they can cause extensive damage to crops and vegetation. However, this is a separate issue from their interaction with humans.

While locusts may occasionally nibble or pinch humans, their bites are generally harmless and do not pose any significant threat. It’s important to maintain a calm and non-aggressive demeanor when encountering locusts, as they are not out to harm us.