Top 9 Common Insect Bites You Should Be Able To Identify!
From giant horseflies cutting your skin to getting a nasty pinch from an ant, here are 9 Insect bites you should be able to identify!
9: Horsefly Bites
If you live in a region with horseflies, you definitely know they are the bane of every fun summer. There is nothing worse than these oversized flies buzzing around, falling into your drink when you’re sitting out by the fire, flying straight up your nose – oh, and biting giant chunks out of your skin.
8: Bee Stings
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I love bees. Especially bumblebees! My father has a great garden with lots of lavender and the bees love it. However, many people are scared of bees. And rightly so. Bee stings can deliver a nasty punch and can easily be identified by the stinger still stuck inside your skin.
7: Lice Bites
Do you remember getting lice checks in school? Lice are a very serious menace, especially in schools. According to the CDC, the biggest cause of a lice infection is from close personal contact, such as sharing personal items like clothes, towels, or hats that can spread head lice. Who does this a lot l? Kids. And of course hugging, so school and summer camp is lice heaven.
6: Flea Bite
Fleas are similar to bedbugs in that they prey on you often in your sleep, and often with an unrelenting fury. Because fleas can bite multiple times in one night, you often find strings of flea bites up and down your legs anywhere from 5 inches to 1 inch apart. I’ve been there. It sucks.
5: Hornets and Wasps
Nobody wants to be stung by a hornet. It hurts! And it hurts more than a bee or wasp, kind of as if you were getting stabbed by a red hot needle. Wasps have a similar sting in which the area will become red and swollen, accompanied by moderate pain and burning, and then followed by relentless itching.
4: Tick Bite
There is nothing more disgusting than ticks. Ugh. Not only are they scary-looking but they carry so much disease, causing permanent damage. Ticks are attracted to people and animals, and if you like to spend time outdoors, you’ve most likely encountered a tick or two.
Luckily I have never experienced bedbugs. Their bites can be easily identified by small red and itchy bite marks all over the place, making it look as though they left a trail behind as they skittered across your skin and fed on your blood. The marks are not like mosquito bites at all.
2: Ant Bite
Most ants are actually quite harmless, just like the ones in A Bug’s Life. However, if you come upon some aggressive fire ants, bullet ants, or accidentally disturb a nest, you may find yourself under siege by these incredibly strong and resilient insects.
1: Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes are arguably one of the most stressful things to have happened to planet Earth since the comet that killed the dinosaurs. Mosquitoes live on every continent except Antarctica. They have killed more human beings by spreading disease than all of the wars combined. They are an unstoppable force of disease transmission and endless hours of scratching.