Summer is pretty unbearable as it is, with the heat and humidity, but if that wasn’t enough, summer is when every single insect seems to crawl out from the deepest pits of hell, intent on latching on to your skin. And since we tend to opt for fewer clothes during the summer, they have plenty of surface area to target.
While some insects are mostly just annoying, others can have a pretty dangerous bite. But since they’re so small, we might not even notice them biting us until we see the mark. By then, we don’t know what bit us, whether we should be concerned, or just what to do about it.
Which is why we’re about to show you a handy list of some of the most common bug bites so you know how to identify them.
A tick bite will cause your skin to turn red for a few centimeters around a red or black dot. If you’re bitten you must immediately remove the whole tick because they can carry life-threatening diseases like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Ahh, the bane of my existence.
A mosquito bite appears like a swollen red ridge, either circular or blob shaped. Though extremely tempting, scratching it isn’t a good idea since it will just irritate it and make it turn a darker red.
If you’ve ever been bitten by a wasp, you’ll know just how painful their bite is. It can cause itchiness, redness, and swelling, and the point where it pierced the skin is clearly visible.
When a bee stings you, along with their stinger they also leave their abdomen and digestive tract, which means shortly after, they die. In order to not allow their poison to enter your bloodstream, you must remove the stinger at once.
Wasps and hornets may look similar, but their bites are largely different. If a hornet bites you, it releases venom which makes your skin turn red and get swollen, and at times, even blister.
And sometimes, it can also turn your skin blue or make it go numb, in which case you should visit a doctor at once.
Flea bites are quite easy to identify because they bite numerous times, and look like tiny red balls on your skin. They are also itchier than mosquito bites and fleas tend to bite on the legs.
7. Red Ant
Black ants are usually just annoying, especially if you start seeing them around your house. But a red ant is poisonous, and the toxins they release can lead to allergic reactions.
The bite area looks similar to flea bites, but when an ant bites it’s instantly painful.
Lice target hairy areas of the body, mostly the head. They cause terrible itchiness and leave little red dots.
It’s impossible to not notice if you get bitten by a horse-fly since their bites cause swelling, and may also cause blisters, dizziness and even infections, in rarer cases.
If you’re bitten by a horse-fly, you should clean the area and soothe it with ice.
Often mistaken for mosquito bites, bedbug bites differ because they tend to have a zig-zag pattern, and may even swell and fill with puss, on top of redness.
11. Deer Flies
You may think flies are just annoying, but there are some that carry diseases, like the deer fly. They carry a disease known as rabbit fever, so if one bites you and you start to experience headaches, skin ulcers, or a fever afterward, you must go to a doctor at once.
Their bites cause red bumps and are very painful.
12. Brown Recluse Spider
These spiders won’t really bite unless they’re trapped against you, but when they do it causes redness or a purple ring resembling a bulls-eye. And you won’t notice you’ve been bitten until a few hours later when it starts to itch and hurt. And if it blisters, or causes chills, fever or a headache you should see a doctor.