13 Reasons (Not Counting Bears) The Woods Should Terrify You

Don't go in there. You may never come out.

Summer is winding down, which means that you’re probably scrambling to cram in all those cool activities you said you’d do back in April but never got around to. We know you’re in a rush, but don’t make any hasty plans that you’ll end up regretting. Specifically, you might want to avoid camping — or doing anything that will involve going in the woods.

We acknowledge that we’re being a little cautious here. Still, do you have any idea what’s out there? It’s terrifying. If you do decide to venture out into the untamed wild, at least know what you’re getting yourself into.

1. The woods are full of ticks that give you Lyme disease.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is 10 times more common than previously reported. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause facial palsy, arthritis, memory problems and “chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection.”

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2. Snakes are everywhere!

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Although there are very few deaths from snake bites in the U.S., the CDC estimates that there are 7,000 to 8,000 bites per year. To be fair, you may not even be safe out of the woods — especially if you live in this Austin apartment complex, which had its own snake pit.

3.You can get bitten by chiggers.


Chiggers are the larval form of certain mites. The myth is that they burrow inside your skin and cause an itchy rash. Although they don’t actually burrow inside you, they do “insert their feeding structures into the skin and inject enzymes that cause destruction of host tissue.” That does cause a rash and is still gross.

4. If the chiggers don’t get you, the cougars can.

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Cougars are found in several parts of the United States and have been known to attack people. Terrify yourself with this website dedicated to cougar attacks. (Yeah, it’s a really, poorly designed website. But still!) Cougars aren’t even afraid to attack bears:

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