12 Common Bug Bites And How To Recognize Each One

Everyone needs to know how to identify common bug bites. I was able to save my son's life with this knowledge a few years ago!!


One of the reason people dislike insects is because of the bites. These creatures can be very frustrating and cause even some serious health problems.

Knowing the bug that bites means knowing how to treat the bite’s reaction. Therefore, here is a list of 12 most common bug bites. Understand them so the next time you know ‘who tried to ruin your comfort’.

1. Mosquito Bites

The most hated insect – the mosquito. The itchy bites and their sound irritate millions of people. You just can’t get rid of them.

2. Flea Bites

The flea bites can be very unpleasant as well. They appear on the ankles or the lower half of the legs. Usually these bites look like small balls under skin. Believe it or not, they are itchier than the mosquito bites.

3. Ant Bites

Ant bite is usually less itchy than the one of the mosquito. However, you can immediately feel the pain of the bite. Ants are not poisonous, but some ants can cause some allergic reactions.

4. Bedbug Bites

These bites look similar to those of the mosquito. The only difference is the zig-zad pattern. They are followed by swelling, pus, and redness.

5. Tick Bites

Ticks are definitely one of those bugs that give us chills. The bites of the ticks are surrounded by large circle of redness. Ticks may carry dangerous diseases and that’s why we hate them.

The bite is usually not noticed, but you can see tiny black spot in the middle of the circle. That’s the tick. Once it starts feeding, it grows.

6. Lice Bites

Lice can usually be found in the head. These bugs love hairy parts, so expect them in other places as well. They are very unpleasant and itchy. Their bites are small and red.

7. Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Spiders are not bugs, but the bites are very similar to those of the bugs. The bite of the spider can cause fevers, chills and headaches.

The bite of the spiders can be red or purple, depending on the bite.

8. Horsefly Bite

Horsefly bites are substantially larger than all these mentioned above. The bite of the horsefly can be large and swelling. There may also be blisters. In some cases these bites are source of dizziness or infections.

9. Deer Fly Bite

Deer Fly bite can be quite dangerous in comparison to the already mentioned ones. The bite can infect the person with diseases like rabbit fever. The bite results with red bump which is very painful. Some symptoms of the bite are headaches, fever and skin ulcers.

10. Wasp Stings

These stings are quite common. The wasp sting leaves a red and swollen skin. Unlike the bee sting, the wasp is not affected by the sting itself.

11. Bee Stings

Bee sting is very similar to the wasp sting. The sting leaves red and swollen skin. However, the sting itself is deadly to the bee. This is the difference between the wasp and bee stings.

12. Hornet Stings

Hornets function like wasps. They sting with the bottom part of the body. However, the hornet sting is quite different. The whole area will swell up and turn red after a hornet sting. Blisters are also common.

Hopefully this list may be useful. Whenever some of these insect disturb you, you will easily identify the ‘guilty bug’ and use proper treatment.