Your Ultimate Spring/Summer Bug Bite Guide

Woman Applying Cream to a Bug Bite | STINGER Pest SolutionsThe weather is getting warmer, and pests are out in full swing. Don’t stay indoors and miss all the fun just to avoid getting bitten. There are measures you can take to enjoy the outdoors, pest free. If you’re still facing bug problems at home, call an Atlanta pest control company for help.

This spring and summer, go outside without worrying about bugs and their consequences. We’ve outlined a few things to know about bug bites and allergic reactions.  

Mosquitoes

This common pest can cause a mighty itch. They’re known for their bite, which causes itchy, raised red bumps. These bites are usually not serious unless the mosquito carries a disease like Malaria, Zika, or West Nile. To avoid these blood-sucking insects, stay clear of any type of standing water where they like to fester. If you do find yourself outdoors, know that mosquitoes are attracted to strong smells. Avoid wearing perfume, cologne, or any other strong smelling product like lotions and hairspray. Of course, you can also use bug repellant or a citronella candle to fend them off. For itch relief, apply an antihistamine cream to the affected area. Avoid itching as much as possible to reduce the chance of opening the skin to infection.

Ticks

These tiny pests are red-brown in color and can be found in areas with tall grass and trees. Ticks can be as small as a pin’s head or as big as a pencil eraser. Their bites are usually harmless and often leave a bulls-eye shaped mark. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), to remove a tick, use tweezers to remove the tick as close to your skin as possible. Next, slowly pull upward with even pressure to get the full head and mouth detached. After removing the tick, dispose of it by submersing it in alcohol, flushing it down the toilet, or placing it in a sealed bag and disposing of it. In more serious cases where the tick is carrying a disease or their bite causes an allergic reaction, you may experience difficulty breathing, skin rash, nausea, fever, or fatigue. Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Fire Ants

These fiery bugs have a foul sting that can cause pain and discomfort. When provoked, fire ants attack in swarms and sting repeatedly. Their sting will leave groups of swollen red bumps with small blisters that can last up to a week. If you are bitten by fire ants and experience trouble breathing, excessive swelling, or nausea, you may be having a severe allergic reaction and need to seek medical help immediately. If your yard is being taken over by fire ant nests, contact a pest control company to rid your yard of these painful pests.

Spiders

Not all spiders are harmful, but the ones to be aware of are the black widow and the brown recluse. The black widow is known for its thick, black body with a red hourglass on the abdomen. The brown recluse is yellow-brown in color with a violin-shaped mark on its body. Both can be found in dark, warm places with webs low to the ground. A bite from either can cause mild to intense pain, followed by redness and swelling at the point of the bite. You may experience muscle cramps, chest pain, nausea, fever and chills, joint pain, and difficulty breathing. If you do, seek medical help as soon as you can.

Flying Stingers

Wasps, bees, hornets, oh my! These flying pests are equipped with stingers that bring pain, swelling, and itching when stung. If you’ve been stung, remove the stinger using a straight edge object, but do not use tweezers, as this can inject more venom. Next, control the swelling by applying ice to the affected area. To avoid these flying pests, check your home for nests in locations that are hidden and covered, and remove them carefully, or call a pest control technician. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, see a doctor.

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