10 Bug Bites Anyone Should be Able to Identify

During the season of picnics, baseball games, and any outdoor activities, people are exposed to bugs, and the bites go along with it. The numerous bugs in our surrounding make it impossible to avoid them. However, individuals can minimize the risks of the bites if everyone is more informed about them.

Here are some facts about the different bug bites:

1.         Bees

The stinger bee contains bee venom, which is packed with proteins that affect skin cells and the immune system, causing pain and swelling to the sting area.

The stinging can occur if someone is in close proximity to a beehive. Spending too much time outdoors, especially at a picnic or bar-b-que areas, could be risky to be stung, as bees enjoy spending time near food, sweet drinks, and garbage cans.

In most cases, bee stings don’t need serious medical treatment, but some people may have a serious allergic reaction and require medical attention. Those who begin experiencing signs of anaphylactic shock should seek medical attention immediately, to avoid experiencing an allergic reaction to bee venom. 

It is recommended to keep a respectful distance of the bee, but please don’t kill bees or destroy beehives.

2.         Wasps

Wasps are similar to bees, but they are more menacing. The stinger of the wasp is like a tool of self-defense and contains venom, too. When the stinger is injected into a human’s skin, it causes pain and swelling, but wasps can sting the victim multiple times because its stinger does not become lodged in the victim’s skin.

Most of the people will experience a sharp pain or burning at the site of the sting and very shortly redness, swelling, and itching. Those with an allergy to a wasp sting can experience anaphylaxis, such as swelling of the face, lips or throat, nausea, and a drop in blood pressure.

Like bees, wasps live in a hive, and Queen Wasps typically build small nests in the spring to lay their eggs by mid-summer. They hang out in well-populated areas and are commonly seen in and around picnic sites and garbage cans.

3.         Mosquitos

Mosquitos are a member of the fly family, whose lifespan is very short – 1 week for males and 1 month or more for females. However, that short time is enough for them to manage the havoc for humans.

The best environment for mosquitos in the area with tall grass close to areas that with standing water. Mosquitos feed themselves with nectar and water, but female mosquitos also need blood in order to reproduce. This is, actually why they will bite animals and people. The bite typically causes red, itchy bump for a couple of days.

The biggest problem that mosquitos can cause is spreading diseases between animals and humans.

4.         Fleas

Fleas are treated by the people as furry canine friends, but they also like to bite animals and humans. It is very difficult to get rid of them, as they get around by jumping from place to place, and their multiplication is very quick.

After the biting, the people experience little red bites in groups of three or four, usually around the ankle or legs. The skin around the bite is very itchy, painful, or sore. If the scratch is not treated urgently it can damage the skin and cause a secondary infection.

The fleas are associated with dogs and also hang out in long grass waiting for a victim to cling to.

5.         Ticks

Ticks related to spiders that are common in the United States. They are usually attaching themselves to mammals to suck their blood. Sucking more blood make them bigger, and they can become the size of a marble.

They are waiting for their victim in long grass, shrubs, trees, and leaf piles. Their bites typically don’t cause any noticeable symptoms, but they can pass on diseases between animals and humans and be dangerous, and even deadly.

6.         Ant Bites

Fire ants live in nests or mounds, usually in the grassy areas like pastures and lawns. When something disturbs their nest, fire ants get very aggressive, and they will attack with repetitive stings as a group.

After biting off a fire ant it occurs yellowish blisters or red pustules that are raised with a red base. These bites are itchy and painful. The bites can be healed themselves over time, but they can be extremely painful at the moment that they occur.

7.         Lice

Lice are well known in attacking children in elementary school, but it can disturb every adult, as well.

There are three kinds of lice:

–           Head lice,

–           Pubic lice,

–           Body lice.

Lice crawl and they can typically spread through the physical contact of one who is infected with them.

The bites of lice are small, red, and are often very itchy. Scratching the bites can cause infection, so avoid it as much as possible and work towards curing yourself by using a lice treatment.

8.         Bed Bugs

These insects typically come out at night in order to feast. Their mouthparts are dissected into two, one part that feeds off of the human’s blood and the other that secretes saliva into the human body.

Typically the bite occurs as a very small, itchy, red bump on the body. These bites go away on their own, but it is very difficult to clean the home of bed bugs once you have them. The bugs have the ability to spread diseases between humans.

9.         Spiders

The majority of spiders are not poisonous, but, they also bite people and animals. They are spread everywhere.

When we do notice bites, a small, red welt, injected with venom it must be treated immediately.

10.       Deer Flies

Deer flies live around lakes, swamps, and other bodies of water and are most active in the spring.

The bites of them cause red bumps or welts on the skin, and sometimes they can transmit a rare disease known as rabbit fever.

Here are some ways for soothing your bug bite symptoms naturally:

–           Using Essential Oils like tea tree and lavender oil

–           Applying Aloe Vera

–           Tea Bag Soak


[1] Mayo Clinic Staff. Bee Sting.

[2] Erica Roth. Wasp Stings: Reaction Symptoms and Treatment. June 28, 2017.

[3] Signs of Wasp Nest.

[4] Ann Pietrangelo. Mosquito Bite Symptoms and Treatments. July 7, 2016.

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