Identifying Common Bug BitesBy Child Safety Specialist July 05, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Family, Child Safety
Experts are already predicting that this will be a
particularly buggy summer due to a mild winter and excessive rain.
I can certainly attest to that. Large, itchy welts, have been appearing on my
kids since April, far earlier than typical.
What’s concerning for parents is knowing what sort of bite you’re
dealing with and how to treat it.
is a cheat sheet to identify which bug may have caused a particular mark:
Mosquito bites are usually the easiest to identify. They cause an itchy small red mound and you
can usually see the bite in the center of it.
Mosquitoes are usually found near bodies of water and are attracted to
If you’ve ever been to a beach on the East Coast you’re
probably familiar with green flies. They
hurt beyond belief when they bite! They
leave little, painful bumps that usually disappear in a day.
Contrary to their name, sand fleas are not just found in the
sand. It’s very easy for them to “tag
along” on a host body and end up infesting your home. Sand fleas will group together and their bits
are small, red, painful marks usually on your ankles. If they’ve infested your home it’s important
to thoroughly clean your carpets, bed linens and even upholstery to remove any
eggs that have been laid.
The most common uninvited guests at picnics are ants. Usually they’re just annoying but if they’re
fire ants they can be extremely painful.
Fire ant bites cause immediate pain and a burning sensation followed by
swelling (up to ½ inch) and cloudy fluid in area of the bite.
Probably one of the most concerning bites these days is a
tick bite. Lyme disease can now be found
in virtually every state in the US and can have long lasting and serious
consequences. Many people assume that a
tick bite can be identified by the tell-tale “bull’s eye” mark but in many
cases you can have been bitten by a tick and never get it. Ticks live in high grass, shady areas and
under leaves and low shrubbery. Don’t
assume just because you’ve sprayed for ticks you’re safe. Always do a careful tick check on yourself
and your kids when you come inside. If
you start developing flu-like symptoms it’s worthwhile to check with your
doctor to be sure you haven’t contracted Lyme Disease.
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