What Bit Me? Identifying Different Bug Bites

One moment you are outside minding your own business, the next moment you feel an unexpected pain somewhere on your skin. You have a knee-jerk reaction that causes the bug that attacked to disappear and never to be found, leaving behind short term sharp pain and long term dull, irritating pain.

But it shouldn’t just end there. You will need to get to the bottom of what kind of bug that bit you. You never know if your bug carried disease, venom, or anything else that could result in illness. It is also important to know what kind of bug bit you so that you can plan for the days ahead and have the bite disappear as quickly as possible.

Bug Identification Table

There are more types of bugs that bite than we can count, so we have put together this handy table to quickly help you identify what kind of bug you were bitten by and the details of that bite:

NameSize of BiteCan there bue multiple?RednessItchingVenomOther FeaturesTime to Heal
Bed BugSmallYesYesYesNoPossible blisters; allergic reactionsOne to two weeks`
BeeSmall or mediumNoYesYesMaybe White areas where stungA few days
Black Widow SpiderMediumNoYesYesYesWhite ring inside markMultiple weeks
Brown Recluse Spider*MediumOne or towYesYesYes Blisters; shiny appearanceMultiple weeks
ChiggerSmallYes YesYesNoScab marksOne to three weeks
Fire Ant*SmallYesYesYesMaybeBlistersOne week
FleaMedium to large YesYesYesNoBloches on skinOne week
FlySmallYesYesYesNoAllergice reactionsOne month
HorseflySmallNoYesYesNoBruise-like appearanceA few days
LiceSmallYesYesYesNoNoneVaries
MosquitoSmall or mediumYesYesYesNoPuffy, SwollenA few days
Other Spider*AnyTwoMaybeNo MaybeAllergic reactionsOne week
TickLargeNoYesNoNoFaded red ringTwo weeks
Wasp*Medium to largeYesYesYesMaybeYellow centersOne week
Yellow JacketMediumYesMaybeMaybeMaybePuffy, swollenOne week

For any bugs marked with an asterisk (*), urgent care is required after the bite is experienced.

For any and all bug problems, do not hesitate to contact Valley Pest Solutions. We service San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas, and we are known for our stellar customer service.