There are several different biting insects around, including mosquitoes, flies, and ticks. They are most active during the warmer months. Other biting insects like bed bugs are active throughout the whole year and can turn into a much larger concern.
These insects don't bite out of self-defense; they are biting you because you are their food source. Some of these bugs can cause itchy welts to show up where you are bitten, and others can cause more serious health concerns and can carry and transmit dangerous diseases.
If you have been bitten by any of these insects, it is important that you are able to identify the bug bite so you can take the necessary action to avoid or address any health concerns there may be before things get too serious.
This is a popular pest during the summer months and can be annoying when you are outdoors with friends and family and trying to enjoy yourself. With more than 170 mosquito species in North America, it may be hard to distinguish one from the other. However, they are mainly brown, gray, and black in color.
They need water to breed so you can usually find them wherever there is a water source. When bit, you will be left with a red, itchy bump on your skin. They are capable of spreading diseases including West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and dengue fever. They have also been known to spread yellow fever, malaria, and Chikungunya virus.
To prevent them from biting, make sure there is no standing water. This means draining the water from flowerpots, birdbaths, and other areas where even a small amount of water has pooled.
Fleas are parasites and are typically dark-reddish brown and can range in size between 1/12 of an inch to 1/6 of an inch in length. They often transport themselves on our pets, rodents, and other wild animals and enjoy feeding off these kinds of warm-blooded hosts.
When bitten, you will find a painful and itchy red bump on your skin. Their saliva has also been known to cause flea allergy dermatitis in pets. They can potentially spread diseases like the rare bubonic plague, murine typhus, and make good intermediate hosts for tapeworms.
To prevent fleas, make sure you are treating your pets regularly. This includes a regular bathing and grooming schedule as well as visits with the veterinarian annually.
Ticks are arachnids and are more often found near woods and other vegetated areas. When you are bitten, there may be what appears to be a bulls-eye rash which can indicate Lyme's Disease. The other sign of a tick bite is finding the tick latched on or burrowed into your skin.
Ticks can spread Lyme Disease along with babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis, among others. After being outdoors, you should inspect yourself and your pets thoroughly for ticks.
Bed Bug Bites
These are known as hitchhiking pests and can hide in a variety of different areas. Bite marks can typically be found on your legs, arms, and other body parts, and you are often bitten at night as you sleep. Some may develop red and itchy welts, while others show no signs of being bitten at all.
They don't transmit any diseases, but you can end up developing an allergic reaction to their saliva. So, when bringing anything into the home − for example, from a secondhand store − make sure to examine it thoroughly. Same applies to your luggage after a trip.
Now that you know a bit more about these different bugs and their bites, you are more equipped to handle the aftermath. For more information on these pests and others, contact Habitat Pest Control today.