As the temperature begins to warm those irritating bugs begin to come out. While these bugs are necessary for our environment, they can wreck havoc on our bodies after biting us. There are all sorts of bug bites including mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and spiders. As the bug bites the skin, they insert venom composed of proteins that make our bodies react by forming a red itchy bump. Some bumps can be treated over the counter while other bug bites deserve medical attention immediately. So how do you know the difference?
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Examination of Itchy Bug Bites
Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets inject venom in which a lot of people are allergic to. If you experience wheezing, hives, shortness of breath, and/or unconsciousness then you will need to be treated by a doctor immediately. Treatment otherwise entails some hydrocortisone. If an open wound is present it is likely that a poisonous spider has bitten you. Again, seek medical treatment immediately. Mosquito bites are typically raised itchy bumps that can be treated with hydrocortisone but if you experience West Nile or malaria symptoms then seek medical attention immediately.
Eliminating Itchy Bug Bites Culprits
Mosquitoes like standing water as it is shallow enough for them to lay their eggs. Eliminate all still standing water to get rid of the mosquitoes. Still standing water can be found in anywhere on your property where rain water has left its mark. Control bee and wasp infestations by placing traps on your property where you want to eliminate them. These containers can be found at your local hardware store. Bees and wasps enter the container but are unable to get back out. When the container is full, throw it away and place another one out. Spiders can be found inside and outside the home. Knock down cobwebs as soon as possible. Clean your home inside and out by organizing or eliminating clutter. Spiders like dark, warm places in which they can hide.