12 Common Bug Bites And How To Recognize Each One


Have you ever looked at a bug bite on your body and questioned what it was?
Or maybe you’re convinced it’s a mosquito bite, but then you start showing some strange symptoms that you can’t explain.
The better you are at identifying the bug that chose you to be its host, the better you’ll know which course of action to take.
Another reason why it’s important to know which bug has bitten you is because some of these pests can transmit life-threatening infections.


1. Ticks

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The scary part about getting bitten by a tick is that you probably won’t feel them latch on.

These sly pests have a way of catching their host off guard and sucking their blood.

Their bites cause redness that stretches out a few centimeters around a black or red dot.

If you get bitten, make sure you remove the whole tick immediately, before it sends a life-threatening disease, like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, through your veins.

2. Mosquitoes

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Mosquito bites look like swollen red ridges on your skin. You’ll either find bites shaped like a circle or a blob.

When you scratch it, which is a terrible idea, the affected area will get more irritated and become a darker shade of red.

3. Wasps

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Wasp bites are painful, but you’ll rarely catch them in action.

Their stings are super itchy, and cause redness and swelling.

The bite area will be slightly wider than that of a mosquito, and you’ll clearly see where they’ve penetrated the skin.

4. Bees

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Honey bees are willing to lose their lives in order to sting a human.

After they penetrate the skin, they cannot pull back their stinger. The problem is that they also leave their abdomen and digestive track, which is why they end up dying.

Because of this, their bites are easy to recognize.

Remove the stinger from your body immediately to prevent the poison from entering your bloodstream.

5. Hornets / Suss*x Scrapbook

You may not be able to tell the difference between a wasp and a hornet, but you will if you get bitten by one. Hornet stings contain venom.

The sting from a hornet causes the area to turn red and swell. Sometimes, the sting will cause blisters.

If you experience other symptoms like blue skin or numbness, see your doctor immediately.


Written by Bugler