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Insect Bite Identification

Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor

Have you found a red, itchy welt on your skin? Are you wondering what made that red, itchy welt? Hopefully, we can shed some light on the problem. After all, identifying what creature bit you could help you better protect yourself or your family from future bites. Here are the three creatures that are most likely to bite you, and what you can do to determine whether or not they did.

Mosquito Bites

We've all been bitten by mosquitoes, and we all have an idea of what a mosquito bite looks like, right? Actually, it isn't quite as cut and dry as you might think. A mosquito bite can have different visual characteristics depending on several factors. Most often mosquito bites will be a puffy, light-colored bump surrounded by a light rash. But the welt left by a mosquito can be larger or smaller depending on how allergic you are to the anticoagulant they administer to the bite wound. The same is true of the rash mosquito bites leave. It can be dark, light, or completely undetectable.

The best way to tell if you have mosquito bites is to ask yourself, "Have I been anywhere that mosquitoes could have bitten me this many times and in this particular area of my skin?" Here are some clues to tell if those are mosquito bites.

  • Have you been camping or outside in nature for long enough to warrant the number of bites you have? This is, of course, dependent on whether or not you have working door and window screens in your home.

  • Do the bites appear random on your skin? Mosquitoes are not likely to bite an individual more than once.

  • Are the bites on your legs, arms, or neck? Mosquitoes are more likely to bite you where skin is exposed.

Flea Bites

Flea bites are horribly itchy, and no fun to have. They are usually dark red bumps with very little rash around them. And, since they are so itchy, there is often a little bit of a scab in the center. It is also important to understand that fleas defecate while feeding, and this can introduce harmful bacteria into the wound when it is scratched, making these bites more inflamed.

If you want to know whether or not you have flea bites, you're going to have to ask these questions.

  • Where are the bites? Fleas live on a host, and humans make terrible hosts for these insects. Therefore, flea bites are usually acquired when humans come near to flea-infested areas. If fleas are in your couch, you may get bites around your midsection, especially if you tend to nap on the couch. Most often, bites will be on the ankles.

  • Do I have a pet? If you have a dog or cat that goes outside, there is an increased chance that those bites are flea bites.

  • Do I have rodents? When mice or rats appear in a home, they are often accompanied by secondary pests, such as mites, lice, ticks, and fleas.

    Are the bites random? When you get bitten by fleas, the bites will not follow a path.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are red, itchy welts that often have a dark red center. There is a rash that is often associated with bed bug bites, but this rash can be prominent or non-existent, depending on the person being bitten, and how often that person has been bitten. The more a person is exposed to bed bug bites, the more of a reaction they will have.

If you're getting red, rashy bites on your skin, here are a few questions you should ask to determine whether or not you're being bitten by bed bugs.

  • Are the bites in a line, or do they follow a path? A single bed bug will feed multiple times. So, bed bug bites often appear to follow a path.

  • Where are the bites? Bed bug bites can be anywhere on your skin. They will not be localized to areas that are not protected by clothing, or around your ankles.

  • Did these bites come out of nowhere? Bed bugs can wait several days between feeding, sometimes much longer. This can make bed bug bites seem as though they happened as if by magic.

There are many bugs that can bite you in your home. If you're getting bitten, let the pest specialists here at Moyer Pest Control help you solve the mystery. We have solutions that work to control mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, and over 30 other household invaders. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.

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