Common Insect Bites – Gardenhomelife4u

Itchy insect bites are often caused by an allergy to something in the environment. Some insects carry diseases that cause similar symptoms. Insect bites can also be caused by other factors, such as stress, heat, cold, or even food allergies.

Mosquitoes

There are many different kinds of insects that bite humans. Most people will only notice one kind at a time, but some people can be bitten by several different species at once. In addition to mosquitoes, there are many other insects that bite humans, including bedbugs, black flies, chiggers, deerflies, horseflies, lice, mites, midges, sand flies, spiders, and ticks.

Ticks

Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus, encephalitis, and filariasis (a parasitic worm). They also carry diseases such as Japanese encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis. Ticks transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne relapsing fever.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown insects with flat bodies and six legs. They feed on human blood while they hide in cracks and crevices during the day.

Fleas

Bedbugs are not fleas. They do not jump off of people and bite when they land. Instead, they crawl up clothing and into beds at night. They also live in cracks and crevasses in furniture and walls.

Lice

Bedbugs are small, flat, brownish insects with six legs. They are often mistaken for lice because they are similar in appearance. However, bedbugs are much smaller than lice and have eight segments instead of 12.

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