If you are afraid of spider bites like me, you might find it reassuring to know that the chance of being bitten is very small.
Spiders are not bloodsuckers, and they don’t feed on humans. In fact, the so-called spider bites are more likely to be a bed bug bites.
According to CHealth, spiders avoid humans and they rarely bite unless threatened. In fact, they are not capable of piercing human flesh, and they are afraid of you as you are with them.
Bed Bug Bites vs Spider Bites
One of the best ways to determine whether you are bitten by spiders or bed bugs is to observe their locations. You are likely to have a bed bug bite if they are found in many locations in the form of a cluster. Spider bites on the other hand, would only be present in one area.
It is more difficult to diagnose spider bites because they don’t leave their fang marks. Diagnosis is based more on the patient’s symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, and pain rather than seeing the actual bite.
Wash the bitten area with soap and water or apply an ice pack. You can take pain medication and antihistamine or seek medical treatment if you are showing severe symptoms.
Bed bug bites, on the other hand, is easier to diagnose because they appear in many clusters and small but multiple welts on your skin.
The bites may also be linear because they have a tendency to feed on the same area more than once. Symptoms of bed bug bites are itchy sensation and infection when they are scratched.
Treatment can be done at home by putting a washcloth over the bitten area to reduce the swelling. Buy an over-the-counter antihistamine if you can’t endure the swelling.
Bed bug bites are warning signs of bed bug’s infestation. It is virtually impossible to distinguish bed bug bites from other bloodsucker pests without evidence linked to it. It is therefore , important to determine the cause of the bites.
Ticks and Tick Bites
Ticks can attach to your skin when you brush past plants and grass. Once they latch into your skin, it moves to moist armpits and groin to feed on blood and pass any diseases it carries. Their bites are not serious though, but they can trigger allergic reactions.
They may not always carry diseases but can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Keep your arms, legs, and head covered when going outdoors, and use tick repellant with DEET on your skin and clothing.
Brown Recluse & Black Widow Spiders
Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders can be deadly because their venom is poisonous. You may not feel their bite, but they can cause infection and serious wounds.
Brown Recluse spiders hide in closets and attics in Southern and Midwestern States while Black Widow spiders hide in tree stumps and wood piles.
Lice is itchy, and your hair may fall out if you have a severe case. They are probably to hide behind the ears around the neck area of your scalp. You likely got it from sharing items like a brush or a hat from a person who has lice.
Use shampoo, creams or lotion to kill lice and their eggs. Wash brushes, clothes, and bedding to prevent the spread and treat everyone in the household who has lice or nits.
Fleas are small, agile, and wingless insects that do not feed on pets alone but people too. Be sure to vacuum your rugs daily and spray insecticides on infested areas to get rid of them.
Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jacket
Wasp, Hornet, and Yellow Jacket bees don’t lose their stinger unlike other types of bees when they sting. They can inflict multiple stings that could cause allergic reactions in people. If you have severe reaction , call for emergency care or use EpiPen (epinephrine).
Fire ants are aggressive when disturbed. They will latch your skin during an attack and produce large wounds then inject venom many times causing red lesions that itch and burn. Take antihistamines, painkillers and cold packs to help relieve the discomfort, and call for emergency care.
Bedbugs hide in bedding in apartments, hotels, and shelters. They can hitch a ride into your home aboard pets, boxes, and luggage. You can develop an infection from scratching bed bug bites. Take oral antihistamine or use cream with corticosteroids , and see your doctor.
Cockroach bites carry salmonella and could trigger asthma and other allergic reactions. Use pesticides, repair and clean holes and floor walls and cracks to get rid of cockroaches if you live in a warm climate.