What’s Biting Me? Pests that Bite

Have you ever found yourself picking or scratching at a random bump that wasn’t there the day before? In some cases, you don’t have to worry about this red spot, but in other cases, you have something worse — an insect bite. A majority of insect bites that occur are from pests. If you have ever caught yourself saying, “What’s biting me?”, then you need to check out this guide about pests that bite. 

Biting Insects

The most common pest bites people get are from biting insects. In most cases, bug bites are harmless and only leave red patches, rashes, or bumps; however, some bites carry life-threatening diseases like Lyme disease. Pests that intentionally bite include bedbugs, fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitoes, and horseflies. If you do have any of these bites, you can use over-the-counter medications or creams to soothe any pain. If you notice the red bumps, rashes or patches worsen, contact your doctor right away. 

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects are the second most common types of pests that leave bite marks. Insects such as bees, wasps, fire ants, yellow jackets, and hornets are stinging bugs. These insects only sting if they feel they must protect themselves against a threat. When their venom injects into the skin, it causes pain, redness, and itchiness. Allergic reactions are common after bee or ant bites. Just like for symptoms of biting insect wounds, you can take or apply many creams and medications to affected areas. 

Spiders

Spiders are biting insects that are bigger than fleas, lice, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies. Some spider bites are harmless and only cause small reactions, like a rash or a bump, while other kinds of bites are deadly. The most common poisonous spiders in the United States are black widows, brown recluses, mouse spiders, and black house spiders. If bitten by any of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately. 

Scorpions

One of the least known biting pests is scorpions. They don’t technically bite but sting instead, like stinging insects. A scorpion’s tail has enough venom to kill a human or animal if not treated right away. Scorpions prefer dry areas like the desert but still find their ways into homes. These pests like to hide under rocks, logs, boards, and clutter. If you live in an area that is well known for scorpions, you should take extra precautions, like checking under and around things before picking them up. 

You should not let biting pests stop you from enjoying your life. If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona or the surrounding areas, call Alliance Pest Management for all your residential and commercial pest problems.

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