Common Bites, Stings, and Pinches

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Ever wake up one morning, and notice a bite or a sting that wasn’t there the night before?  Nocturnal pests are certainly one of the hardest kinds to keep an eye out for, since they’ll only scurry around in the wee hours of the morning.  However, you can turn your unlucky bite into a blessing by identifying the type of bug that it was, which will help your pest control professionals drive out critters.  Keep on reading as we identify some of the most common bites, stings, and pinches, and how to make them feel a lot better!

Mosquito

Arguably one of the most identifiable bites out there, this bullseye-esque bite becomes very red and itches like crazy.  No matter how much you want to scratch it, giving in will only agitate the bite more, so it is best to just let it be.  To reduce the urge to scratch and to cool it down, apply a generous amount of calamine lotion or hydrocortisone ointment.

Spiders

Spider bites are a bit rarer than that of the mosquito or tick, but they can be much more dangerous, depending on the spider.  For your generic spider bite, you’ll see two puncture holes that are very close together at the site of the bite (this is from the spider’s fangs), along with some redness and swelling.  However, one thing you need to look for are signs that you could have been bitten by a venomous spider such as the brown recluse or black widow, as these bites can come with devastating consequences.  Fever. Convulsions, nausea, and muscle pain are all signs that you have been bitten by one of these more-dangerous spiders, and you should seek medical attention as soon as you can.  Although there have been no confirmed fatalities in the U.S. for quite some time, spider bites can cause necrosis (death of the tissue) which can come with extenuating medical complications.

Bedbugs

Another bite that you may not know, but whose presence can signal a pest-control emergency.  Small, itchy, and bright red, bedbug bites are pretty easy to spot.  Thanks to the nature of the bedbug, if you see a collection of small red marking in a tight line going up your body, chances are very high that you have a bedbug infestation in your home.  However, it is possible that you may not even have an allergic reaction to the bites (i.e., they won’t itch), so there are times when bites will go unnoticed.  That is why we recommend to always check for bedbug bites whenever you’re in the shower, as they may be making a meal out of you every night without you even knowing.

Bites, stings, and pinches are certainly no fun, but as we said before, they can be a blessing in disguise.  If you think you have been bitten by a creepy crawly lately, we recommend that you see a medical professional, and then give us a call so we can evict whatever pest caused it in the first place.  One call to us is all you need for all your pest control problems to disappear like magic!

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