Bugs aren’t just nasty to look at; they’re also responsible for spreading diseases and leaving bite marks on the human body that can cause infections. And while people living in mountainous areas or near beaches, marshes, and forests are at heightened risk of insect bites, anyone can become a victim.
Ants, fleas, bedbugs, flies, and mosquitoes are common household insects that cause only minor discomfort when they sting. But we’re here to look at some other vermin whose bites have effects that are decidedly more intense.
Commonly found outdoors, ticks can get under your skin—quite literally—and leave bites. If you’ve recently been among flowers and plants and notice white or silver marks, ticks may be responsible. Usually, ticks don’t carry diseases, but if you feel feverish or suffer an allergic reaction, it’s best to seek treatment.
To prevent tick bites, keep your arms and legs covered, especially in wooded and grassy areas.
Mostly found in tree stumps and wood piles, you need to beware of a black spider’s bite if you’ve been out in the woods. The bite causes a momentary stabbing pain that is easy to miss, so if you see fang marks that produced redness, tenderness or small blood drops, seek help immediately.
If you’re alone, call 911 immediately as spider bites are venomous and may lead to nausea, seizures and a rise in blood pressure.
Wasps, Hornets and Bees
Some bees have harmless stingers, but yellow jacket and wasps can cause extremely painful stings, resulting in an immediate allergic reaction. A common indicator of a wasp sting is the swelling around the sting mark. Antihistamines and ibuprofen are effective for pain relief, however, if you suffer a severe anaphylactic reaction, call a doctor.
They may look like ordinary ants, but there’s nothing ordinary about them. When disturbed, fire ants attack in groups by latching on to the person’s skin tightly. Their stings can be extremely painful and venomous as they red lesions often filled with pus.
A single sting may not be harmful but if you’ve been attacked by multiple fire ants at once, a life threatening allergic reaction may follow.
If you wake up with red marks on your skin in the morning, a likely culprit is bedbugs. Their bites may not be deadly in themselves but can cause severe irritation which may lead to the possibility of an infection.
Instead of itching away at the bite marks, use hydrocortisone cream along with oral antihistamines for treatment.
To keep your home bug and insect free, call us at (614) 935-3973 if you’re in Cambridge, Ohio. Residents looking for pest control service in Zanesville can reach us at (740) 454-8000.
Xterminator Pest Control also deals in rodent and cockroach control.