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Identifying Bug Bites

It’s bad enough when bugs try to take over your home, but when they start biting, things get even worse. When you’re dealing with a bug bite, it’s important to know what pest bit you. This will help you choose the best treatment option. We’ve compiled a list of common bugs known for their bite.  

Mosquitoes

Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are known for their habit of biting during warm summer months. They are flying insects who range between 3 and 9 mm. They have long, thin legs and their body is usually gray, black, or brown. The tiny scales on their body can be a variety of colors including white or silver. Their proboscis is used to suck blood which leaves you with an itchy, pink or red bump. These bumps can be raised and puffy with a red spot in the middle. If you have a mosquito bite, it’s important to not scratch it. This will help prevent the bite from becoming infected. Wash the area with soap and water. To help with itchiness, you can apply an ice pack or anti-itch cream. Taking an antihistamine can also help relieve the itching sensation. To avoid mosquito bites, remove standing water around your home since this attracts mosquitoes. If you plan on spending time outside, try using a mosquito repellent to prevent bites. Our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Natural Insect Repellent aerosol is a great option.

Fleas

 Flea bites

Most people think of fleas as a problem for their furry family members, but fleas can bite humans too. Fleas are small, 1/12″-1/6″, reddish-brown bugs. Instead of flying, they hop onto their hosts. Like mosquitoes, they feed on their host’s blood. Flea bites can be identified by their red bumps that have a red ring around them. They are very itchy and usually appear on ankles and legs. However, knees, elbows, armpits, and your waist can be bitten. These bites are typically grouped together with 3 or 4 bites in one area. If you touch the bump, it will turn white. Since these pests travel on animals, like your dogs and cats, it’s important to consult a veterinarian to determine the best treatment option for them. Even though it’s tempting, don’t scratch. Wash the bite area with soap and water. You can use an ice pack, antiseptic, and antihistamine to alleviate symptoms. If the bite extracts puss, contact your doctor. The best thing to do is eliminate the infestation. Our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Bed Bug & Flea Killer aerosol can help with your flea problem.

Bed Bugs

Bed bug bites

Bed bugs receive their nutrients by feeding on their host’s blood. These bugs are small, 1/4″, and reddish-brown. They have an oval body that is flat when unfed but will swell after a blood meal. These bugs come out to feed at night and bite when people are sleeping. Any skin exposed can be bitten. Some bed bug bites go unnoticed because no symptoms occur. When they are noticeable, they are identified by clusters of red marks typically arranged in a line. They aren’t painful but can be itchy. Unlike flea bites, there isn’t a red spot in the center. Bites will go away usually within 2 weeks without treatment. However, you can apply a hydrocortisone cream or take an antihistamine to relieve symptoms. Like other bites, scratching can cause problems. If you have bed bugs, it’s important to eliminate the infestation. Cleaning the area and washing and drying bedding on high heat settings can help. It’s also important to use a bed bug killer like our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Bed Bug Killer dust or our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Bed Bug & Flea Killer aerosol.

Ticks

Tick bite

Another common summer pest is the tick. Ticks vary in color but are all relatively flat with an oval body. They are technically considered arachnids and not insects. These pests often find their way on to us when we are outside in wooded areas or places with a lot of vegetation. Unlike other bites, tick bites are most often found when the tick is spotted on a person. If a tick is found, carefully remove it using tweezers. It’s important to pull the tick straight out without twisting. Make sure the head and mouthparts are completely removed. Clean the area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. This will help prevent infection. If the tick is burrowed into the skin or if parts of the tick can’t be removed, contact a doctor. If you develop flu symptoms or notice a bull’s-eye-shaped rash, visit your doctor because it could indicate a more serious reaction to the tick bite. To help protect yourself from tick bites, use our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Natural Insect Repellent aerosol.

Spiders

Spider bite

Spiders can also leave you with a bite mark. Most bites from spiders cause red skin, swelling, and some degree of pain. They usually aren’t very serious. However, bites from a black widow or brown recluse are more concerning. Black widow spiders have a black body with a red hourglass-shaped marking. Their bites leave two puncture wounds. Pain doesn’t always immediately follow. It can take up to 30 minutes for pain to begin. Swelling, muscle pain, nausea, and difficulty breathing can follow. Brown recluse spiders are golden or dark brown with a violin-shaped marking. Pain can occur with the initial bite. The bite can blister or bruise with blueish-purple markings. It can also get crusty and be accompanied with fever, chills, nausea, and itchiness. For all spider bites, clean the area with soap and water. Using a cool, damp cloth can reduce swelling and pain. Elevating the area can also help. If you believe a black widow or brown recluse bit you, or you experience any of the symptoms associated with these bites, seek medical attention. If spiders are giving you a fit, try our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Spider & Insect Dust.

 

Correctly identifying your bug bite can help you choose the best treatment. It’s important to remember that if you experience signs of a severe allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of lips and eyelids, or dizziness, immediately seek medical care. If bugs are invading your home, we want to help. Try our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Pest Control products.


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