34. Take a Bite

Have you ever been bitten? Of course you . You are surrounded by creatures that might, or , bite. Even as you rest your head on pillow, bedbugs are probably nibbling away at you. live happily inside most pillows.

Take a walk and you are a target for “man’s best .” Hundreds of dog-bite victims visit US emergency rooms . Many bites are terrible. A vicious attack on young woman in France led to the first transplant. To avoid the dogs in your neighborhood, might want to hike into the desert or woods. There, you run the risk of bites rattlesnakes, scorpions, and blood-sucking ticks. Not to mention , wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions. Even as they becoming a threatened species, mountain lions are a threat in southern California as man continues to their hunting areas by building housing tract after tract.

Speaking of housing, watch where you go your house or garage. Shy but deadly, the widow spider and the brown recluse spider make comfortable in quiet areas of your closets or . One bite from either of them can make very sick; occasionally, people die from such bites. , many people fear all spiders, not just the dangerous ones. They squash them or run from at first sight, not realizing that most spiders actually beneficial to man.

If you’re concerned about , don’t forget about rabid animal bites. Any warm-blooded can get infected with rabies. Although humans in US rarely get attacked by rabid animals, the is painful and dangerous. You will most likely if you are not treated properly within 48 of being bitten.