What Bit Me?

Summer weather brings out all the unwanted summer bugs, and the bugs bring the bites! You’re left wondering , What Bit Me? For your reading and viewing pleasure here is a list of the most common bugs and their annoying bites, accompanied with some home remedies.

The Wasp is the most feared bug of them all. Okay maybe just me! It Buzzes around you at baseball games or a family picnic. It makes frightening buzzing noises as it circles you. It smells fear! Many are allergic to stings. Those that are aware of the allergy carry an Epi pen with them. The wasp stings and doesn’t die. It will keep stinging and stinging until you wish you were dead. The aftermath is welts, pain, and redness.  A common household meat tenderizer, or baking soda with lemon juice paste applied directly to the wound can soothe the pain.

Wasp Sting

Wasp Sting

The Tick: An Unpopular Insect among the outdoors man. The tick is found in long grass or wooded areas and comes in 3 different sizes. Once embedded into the skin or scalp the tick will enlarge in size from gorging on your blood. Ticks should be removed as soon as possible, 36 hours after penetration the risk of Lyme disease doubles. The bite may appear as a bulls eye.  The tick can be removed with a tick remover found at your local drug store or pet store. A pair of tweezers from home also works. Hydrogen Peroxide will loosen the head of this disgusting bug before tugging on it with your tweezers.

Tick Feeding On Your Blood

Tick Feeding On Your Blood

The Flea Bite: Your pet most likely has brought you home these as a gift before. They usually appear as a group of three bites around ankles or leg areas. Behind the knee is a favorite place. Flea bites cause severe itching, but this will subside with time. The less scratching the better, as scratching may increase chances of infection. A flea medication given to your pet is the best method of prevention. The flea can be so small and jump so fast that it can be invisible to the human eye. If you are lucky enough to capture one, hold it tightly and pinch its head off with your fingernail. Carpets and bedding should be treated with flea killer as well.

Flea Bite

Flea Bite

Fire Ants: No the guy next to you at camp isn’t dancing around because he hears a great song! He is probably panicking and trying to get the burning fire ant off his leg, foot, or even out of his shorts. The fire ant is a small insect dressed liked the devil. It’s bright red in color . Once it has crawled onto the skin, the ant will sting. This will result in sharp pain, and a burning sensation. The bite will produce white fluid filled blisters on your skin. Swelling may also occur. Meat tenderizer and rubbing alcohol applied to bites help heal and stop the burning.

Fire Ant Bite

Fire Ant Bite

Bed Bugs: Think you found a great buy at your local neighborhoods yard sale! Great! But what you didn’t know is that it came with a free gift, Bed Bugs!! Found in mattresses, luggage, backpacks, or even blankets. These pesky little bugs usually appear when you’re fast asleep at night. Common places to bite are any exposed skin. Bites result in a red itchy rash, but they’re not red in the center like a flea bite. Bed Bugs can produce a musty smell on top of the mattress. To catch one is to know if you really have them in your home surroundings. Fumigate your home for these unwanted house guests.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites

Summer may be fun and relaxing but it’s also the awakening of the dreaded bugs that love the summer’s warmth. Take caution and know how to treat the effects of their bites. Identify and Treat, or when all else fails Run For Your Life and stay indoors.