Discovering an insect bite is never a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the insect that caused the bite is often long gone before a person notices they have been bitten. Knowing the type of insect that bit you is essential for preventing serious illnesses and reactions. To aid you in the identification of your bite, here are the most common symptoms caused by insect bites throughout the New England area.
Bed Bug Bites
Even if a person is awake, they are unlikely to notice these painless bites until one to three days later. When bed bug bites finally make their appearance, it is due to an allergic reaction to their saliva. Look for raised, red bumps that often are in rows that include three or more bites. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the parts of a person’s skin that are left uncovered while they are sleeping.
Throughout New England, ticks are a common threat for anyone who spends time outdoors. Recognizing a tick bite early on is essential because many common ticks, such as the black-legged variety, are carriers of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Anytime a suspected tick bite develops a bulls-eye rash or a person begins to feel ill, the bite should be evaluated by a health care professional to determine if further testing is needed.
Bees and Wasp Bites
Although many New England bees and wasps are non-aggressive and play a vital role in the environment, there are still several types that are known to bite. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bee and wasp stings will cause immediate pain and swelling at the site of the sting. In some cases, a stinger may also be visibly present. Those who are allergic may experience life-threatening symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and swelling, that should be treated immediately.
House Centipede Bites
Centipedes are one of the most feared household pests, yet their bites are often no worse than that of a bee or wasp sting. These generally cause a small circular welt that may be tender for a few days until it heals. A small percentage of the population is allergic and may experience more severe reactions such as hives and respiratory distress.
Knowing what type of insect bit you can help you treat the skin reaction while also helping you to identify a possible pest control problem. Therefore, always remain alert to any stings, swollen welts or rashes that occur following an insect bite. This way, you can restore your health while also developing a plan for preventing the bite from happening again.