Identify These 8 Bug Bites in Spring

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If you live in an area where the seasons are quite different, you probably look forward to spring time all winter long. Winter may be enjoyable when it first rolls around but it doesn’t take long before cabin fever sets in and we are waiting for the times we can spend outside again.

Springtime can certainly be a wonderful part of the year, and there is nothing like getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air. Working in the garden, having picnics and taking walks outdoors are some of my favorite pastimes.

Unfortunately, along with the good is bound to be the bad, and that comes in the way of insect bites. Being able to identify the common inset bikes in spring can take a load off your mind, when the symptoms start to show. Here are 8 types of bug bites you should know about.

1. Fire Ants

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In the southeastern United States, fire ants are a serious problem. They are similar to red ants, although fire ants deliver a bite that stings and can be quite intense.

If you have been bitten by fire ants, a itchy, painful red rash that appears like an acne breakout will show up right away, usually on your legs or buttocks. If you have too many bites, it could lead to an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis, which could be deadly.

2. Black Widow Spider

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This is one of the better known poisonous spiders, although they aren’t as bad as what their reputation suggests. If you have been bitten by a black widow, you will see two small puncture wounds that appear almost like a vampire bite.

The symptoms of a black widow spider bite include muscle swelling and pain. You should get to a doctor as soon as possible but don’t be overly concerned, there bites are rarely ever life-threatening and permanent damage is highly unlikely.

3. Tick

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Ticks are bloodsuckers that like to hitch a ride on animals, including humans. Bug spray or clothes the cover the skin can keep takes at bay, but if they happen to get a bite, it could be problems.

If you have been bitten by a tick, remove it by grasping the tick as close to the head as possible and gently pulling until the tick disconnects. Don’t pull too hard or you could rip the head off!

Wash the area where you have been bitten and monitor for rashes or infection. If you see a bull’s-eye rash, go to the doctor without delay and have him test for Lyme disease.

4. Fleas

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Fleas are tiny insects that are difficult to see but if you have animals, they are not likely far away. They can leave itchy welts when they do happen to bite and since they hang out on the ground, you are likely to be bit on the feet and ankles.

If you have a problem with flea bites, you may be dealing with an infestation. They are not necessarily dangerous, but they can be a nuisance both to you and your pets.

5. Honeybee

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Most of us tend to panic when a honeybee is in the area, but it is always a good idea to stay calm. It is rare for a honeybee to sting, unless they feel the need to protect themselves. Wasps and hornets, on the other hand, are more aggressive.

A painful welt is usually obvious at the site where you have been bitten. If you have any difficult problems, such as a difficulty breathing or hives, get to the hospital. It could be the sign of anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly allergic reaction.

6. Mosquito

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Mosquitoes are certainly an irritant and unfortunately, they are also rather common in the spring and summer time. When you are bitten by a mosquito, it can cause a red, itchy lump on the skin.

Mosquitoes are not typically more than a nuisance, although some may carry disease. Do your best to keep mosquitoes at bay with bug spray, mosquito nets and candles. Make sure you clean up any stagnant water sources nearby.

7. Bedbugs

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Most of us shudder at the thought of bedbugs, as they are one of the more difficult home invaders. If you have bedbugs, you’re likely to see a line of welts on your arms and shoulders. They may itch, but they may not show up right away.

Bedbugs rarely cause any serious problems, outside of the trauma of having them in the first place. Use some calamine lotion for the bites and call an exterminator.

8. Brown Recluse Spider

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If you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, it could be a serious problem. The bites are rare, since the spider is not aggressive and it tends to stay in out-of-the-way areas.

The bites are painful but if purple-brownish spots begin to appear around where you have been bitten, go to the emergency room. These types of lesions should be taken seriously and treated without delay.

Via: Little Things

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