One moment you are outside minding your own business, and 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 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:
|Name||Size of Bite||Can there be multiple?||Redness||Itching||Venom||Other Features||Time to Heal|
|Bed Bug||Small||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Possible blisters; allergic reactions||One to two weeks|
|Bee||Small or medium||No||Yes||Yes||Maybe||White areas where stung||A few days|
|Black Widow Spider||Medium||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||White ring inside mark||Multiple weeks|
|Brown Recluse Spider*||Medium||One or tow||Yes||Yes||Yes||Blisters; shiny appearance||Multiple weeks|
|Chigger||Small||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Scab marks||One to three weeks|
|Fire Ant*||Small||Yes||Yes||Yes||Maybe||Blisters||One week|
|Flea||Medium to large||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Blotches on skin||One week|
|Fly||Small||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Allergic reactions||One month|
|Horsefly||Small||No||Yes||Yes||No||Bruise-like appearance||A few days|
|Mosquito||Small or medium||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Puffy, Swollen||A few days|
|Other Spider*||Any||Two||Maybe||No||Maybe||Allergic reactions||One week|
|Tick||Large||No||Yes||No||No||Faded red ring||Two weeks|
|Wasp*||Medium to large||Yes||Yes||Yes||Maybe||Yellow centers||One week|
|Yellow Jacket||Medium||Yes||Maybe||Maybe||Maybe||Puffy, swollen||One 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.