What Bug Is Biting Me? | Summer Bug Bite Guide

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As the weather gets warmer, we're all spending more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. But along with the warmer weather comes an increased risk of being bitten by insects. Some insect bites are just annoying, but others can be dangerous. That's why it's important to know how to protect yourself from insects and what to do if you do get bitten.

In this guide, we'll cover some of the most common summer insects and their bites. We'll give you some tips on how to prevent being bitten in the first place, and will provide you with images of what each bite looks like.

Bee Stings

Bees are another common summer insect. They are important pollinators, but their stings can be painful. Bee stings can also be dangerous for people who are allergic to them. To prevent being stung by a bee, avoid wearing bright colors or perfumes, and stay away from areas where bees are active. If you are stung by a bee, remove the stinger and wash the area with soap and water. You can also apply a cold compress to help with the pain and swelling.

Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are one of the most common summer insects. They can carry diseases like malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. Mosquito bites can also be itchy and uncomfortable. To prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and avoid being outside during peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn). If you are bitten by a mosquito, wash the area with soap and water and apply a cool compress to help with the itching.

Tick Bites

Ticks are small parasites that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They can transmit diseases, like Lyme disease, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. To avoid being bitten by a tick, stay away from tall grasses and wooded areas. Wear long sleeves and pants, and use insect repellent. If you find a tick on your body, remove it with a pair of tweezers. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out. Wash the area with soap and water.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are small, brown insects that feed on the blood of humans. They can be found in mattresses, furniture, and clothing. To avoid being bitten by a bed bug, don’t bring used furniture into your home. Inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs before you settle in. If you find bed bugs in your home, call an exterminator.

Fly Bites

Flies are attracted to food and garbage. They can carry diseases, so it’s important to keep them away from your food. To avoid being bitten by a fly, keep your home clean and free of garbage. Cover your food when you’re not eating it, and use insect repellent when you’re outdoors.

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What Do I Do if I Get Bitten?

If you’re bitten by any type of insect, it’s important to wash the area with soap and water. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you have a severe reaction, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. Witt Pest Management is not qualified to give any medical advice, and you should always seek professional medical help where needed.

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