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Identifying Bugs and Their Bites

Identifying Bugs and Their Bites

Identifying Bugs and Their Bites


There are many different types of insects that bite or sting. Some bites and stings, like those from fire ants, wasps, hornets, and bees, are painful. Some can also spread illnesses, such as Lyme disease (black-legged tick), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (dog or wood tick), and West Nile virus (mosquito).

The bites of other bugs, such as mosquitoes, mites, and fleas, are itchy and uncomfortable, but usually harmless. Learning to identify a bug bite by how it looks and feels will help you know whether to seek medical attention immediately or treat the skin bump at home.The bites of other bugs, such as mosquitoes, mites, and fleas, are itchy and uncomfortable, but usually harmless.

This time of year, we all tend to spend a little more quality time outdoors.  But even the best day outside can be tainted by insect bites… Itchy, irritating, possibly infectious insect bites.  It is important, therefore, to not only be able to identify biting insects, but also their bites for proper treatment and potential health risks.

Page 1 of 2 .. On the next page is a guide of some of the more common things that literally bug us.

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