What Bug Bit Me?

Carolina Insect Control Health Tips

Bug Bites

Although most bug bites are relatively harmless, some types of bites and/or stings can be significantly serious. Never ignore the distinctions between minor discomfort and serious physical complications. In essence:

  • Define aggravation as a harmless itch
  • Define serious as a demand for advanced medical attention
  • Never forget that some bites can include exposure to various dangerous diseases.

In this article, the Charlotte pest control specialists at Carolina Pest Management help you respond to the sometimes critical question of “What bug bit me?”

Arachnids, Insects and Other Dangerous Bugs – Avoid Panic

Issues pertaining to dangerous arachnid and other critter bites typically spur visual images of brown recluse spiders, toxic scorpions, and raging yellow jackets. But worries over some of these animals should not be exaggerated by Charlotte regional residents.

For example: In 2013, Matt Bertone with the NC State Entomology Extension reported only two known North Carolina cases of brown recluse spider bites. Both events involved near fatal consequences. However, the attending physicians listed unfamiliarity with dangerous arachnid as a primary cause of the extended complications.

Misidentifying a brown spider as a recluse can cause unnecessary fear. However, failure to rightly identify a recluse can cause serious complications. Eliminate unlikely culprits, but if error is to occur, err on the side of safety.

Biting Bugs Most Common To North Carolina

Some Charlotte-regional pests are native. Others are immigrants. A few such as the recluse spider listed above show up only rarely. In fact, only four critters dominate the top of the NC biters and stinging lists:

Paper Wasps: Typically reddish-brown to black in color, Paper wasps are most aggressive during spring hatching. With spindle-shaped abdomens, and long thin legs, they are rather easy to identify.

What bug bit me? Paper wasps…

  • Sharp pain that soon switches to a burning sensation
  • Involves minor swelling accompanied by redness and itching
  • Can sting more than once, but may also involve a lodged stinger.

Imported Red Fire Ant: Common through the state, this reddish to dark brown native of Brazil ranges from 1/8 to 1/3 inches in length. Bites from swarming fire ants can be fatal to children and others if allergies come into play.

What bug bit me? Fire ants

  • Stings appear as swollen red spots that typically blister on top
  • It hurts
  • It itches
  • It appears in groups.

Mosquitoes: Known to carry deadly diseases such as malaria, Zika virus, west Nile virus and yellow fever, mosquitoes thrive in the warm, moist North Carolina climate.

What bug bit me? Mosquitoes

  • Immediately after the bite, you will experience a round, puffy bump
  • Shortly, the bump becomes hard, red and swollen
  • Often the bites are multiple and in the same area.

Biting Flies:Both black flies and midgets are known to swarm in the thousands. Whereas midgets are most common to coastal regions, black flies breed in all North Carolina streams.

What bug bit me? Biting flies…

  • Reactions differ
  • Bites of black flies range from small punctures to swelling as large as a golf ball
  • May also induce fever, headache, nausea and swelling in the lymph nodes
  • Bites from Sand Flies typically cause red bumps and blisters.

Other Local Biting Arachnids, Bugs and Insects

Bed Bug Bites: Typically grouped. Appearance is swollen red area with dark red center. Often blisters and known for causing hives.

Chigger Bites: Typically appear in groups. Show up as blisters, hives, pimples and welts. Typically located in skin folds.

Flea Bites: Red bumps. Itchy. Surrounded by red halo. Typically located on feet and lower legs.

Lice Bites: Lice affect the scalp, but also other body regions extreme in hair. Cause extreme itchiness. The bites appear as small red bumps. Lice will remain on your body until forcibly eliminated.

Spider Bites: Causes itching, redness and pain. May induce red/purple blistering. May open deep ulcer in victim’s skin. And can in some cases be extremely serious, causing cramping, sweating, headache and muscle pains.

Tick Bites: Sometimes not noticeable until tick has been fully engaged for a long time. Can cause blisters, burning sensation, rash, and swelling; and transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Tick bites are also known to occasionally cause victim to have difficulty in breathing.
Notes On Bug Bites: At any time, a bite or a sting can cause symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. If you experience difficulty in breathing, dizziness, extreme swelling or if the irritation spreads or worsens, contact your local health center.

Charlotte-Area Resource For Prevention Of Bug Bites

When suffering from a pest infestation and the associated bites and stings, call us for professional pest treatment in Charlotte. At Carolina Pest Management, we focus on methods best suited to safer, greener, and more effective pest control. Contact us today to schedule your Carolina Pest inspection.