Up-Close Look at Bed Bugs and Other Pest Bites

As the weather starts to warm your encounters with insects are bound to increase. You never know, they may even pay you an extended visit right inside your home. While the majority of these insects you encounter are harmless, some of them can leave you with a nasty bite, and possibly even a trip to the doctor. Here we are going to take you through some of the most common bug bite encounters, including those pesky bed bugs, to help you identify your possible assailant, as well as the best way to take back the dominance in your home.

Ant Bites

Although most ant bites are harmless, the Sugar, Fire, and Carpenter Ant bite delivers a painful sting and the possibility of an infection. Fire ant bites are identified by small red bite blisters that may develop white pustules where a victim is bitten. It is best not to drain these pustules as this could lead to a serious infection and scarring of the skin. The bites usually dissipate within 3 to 7 days.

Tick Bites

While most ticks do not carry disease, there are some that can cause tremendous illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks hitch a ride on your skin and clothing, and their bites are represented by a small red circle, with minimal itching and swelling. A bit infected with Lyme disease, however, looks like a target, or bull’s eye. Red rings form concentrically around the area and may take up to a month to develop.  

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are highly distinctive, forming a red line from the cluster of bites across the skin. The itchiness of the bites varies from person to person, however some experience a highly allergic reaction to the bed bug saliva. This allergic reaction causes severe itching to develop over the preceding 24 to 72 hours. A professional pest control service is the best and only way to eradicate yourself of a bed bug infestation.

Black Widow Spider Bite

The Black Widow spider is one of the most dangerous spiders that is in contact with humans, and often time a bite from them requires a hasty trip to the doctor. You will be left with a small swollen red patch, with two neat puncture marks in the area. Pain and swelling will set-in after about 40-minutes, accompanied by stomach and muscle pains, vomiting, and difficulty breathing.

Wasp and Hornet Stings

Similar to a bee sting in its colouration, a wasp and hornet sting feels like a sharp and sudden pain, forming a red mark and swollen area on the skin. These stings usually subside in a few hours, they can, however, persist for a few days, the swelling lasting as long as a week.

The only truly effective way to ensure yourself and your family against the nasty bites of these critters is to call in the professionals. Truly Nolen are the experts in any and all pest control service solutions, including those dreaded bed bugs. Truly Nolen pest control experts are there to help keep you safe, as well as eradicate and prevent any pest problems you may be experiencing.