It’s extremely difficult to avoid being bitten by insects, and sometimes it’s hard to identify what it was that bit you. There are many different biting insects, and they all transmit different diseases, so it’s very important to be able to correctly identify what bit you.
The guide below will help you do just that:
A mosquito bite is usually a swollen red spot the size of a berry, and they most often appear on open areas of the body. Mosquitos prefer to bite where the skin is very thin as this makes it easier for them to get into the blood vessels. When they bite, they inject their saliva which contains anticoagulants that make the blood thinner. Mosquito bites cause the skin to turn red, itch, and swell.
Our body’s reaction to being bitten by a tick is a red spot. Ticks can infect you with Lyme’s disease, encephalitis, Borreliosis, and many other diseases. If you remove the tick from your skin, but the red spot continues to grow, you should see your doctor as quickly as possible.
Flea bites are often mistaken for allergies or mosquito bites as they often look red and swollen. However, unlike mosquitos, these insect bites are painful and itch a lot more. Fleas usually attack the legs, and one insect can bite several times, so the distance between red spots is usually 0.5 to 1 inch. Flea bites can become seriously infected.
The majority of ants are harmless to humans, but the red fire ant can cause a lot of pain. Pustules will appear at the bite location, and these will later turn into scars. To add to this, the ants’ poison contains toxins, so the victim could have a dangerous allergic reaction or go into anaphylactic shock. The thatching ant may also bite humans, and their bite resembles a mosquito bite. However, immediately after being bitten, the victim will feel a burning pain as though some boiling water has been poured on the skin.
If you find small red dots that resemble mosquito bites in places where hair grows, it means that you have been bitten by a head or pubic louse. The bites are usually a few inches away from each other, and the skin looks like it was pierced. Lice can transmit serious diseases such as trench-fever and typhoid.
6. Bed Bug
At first sight, a bed bug bite may look like a flea or mosquito bite or an allergic reaction. The skin becomes red, swollen and begins to itch. However, bed bug bites are very close to each other and look like little roads on the skin. They are also more painful than mosquito bites. The roads are more noticeable in the morning as bed bugs hunt at night.