During the summer, when many people are at their most active, it’s easy to get bitten by insects and spiders, which are usually at their most active, too. While there are many different kinds of bites, some are far more common than others, and some are more dangerous than others, too. This is a guide to the five most dangerous types of insect and spider bites.
Fire Ant Bites
Fire ants are one of the more common, and most dangerous, ants that people are likely to come into contact with. Fire ant bites are usually numerous, because when there’s one ant, there are usually more. The bites are red, and have a center filled with pus. These are particularly dangerous because in some people, they can cause an allergic reaction that can occasionally be very serious. If bitten by fire ants, it’s best to get medical help as soon as possible, just in case.
Fleas are another common pest that often come into contact with humans, either through exposure to the outdoors, or to a pet who has attracted them. As with fire ant bites, when one is bitten by fleas, there is usually more than just the first bite. Flea bites are small and red, and they have no obvious center point. It’s recommended to get some kind of medical help when bitten by fleas, as some fleas can carry Plague, which can be deadly if not addressed quickly.
Tick bites are by far one of the easiest varieties of bites to identify. Large and red, they become darker and color near the center. More often than not, a tick bite will still have the insect inside of it. If the insect is still inside the bite, don’t pull it out! Often, pulling it out will remove its body while leaving its head inside your body. Ticks can spread Lyme Disease so, with many other bites, get the bite checked out by a doctor.
Black Widow Spider Bites
Depending on your area, black widow spiders may or may not be common. A black widow spider bite is small, with two tiny fang holes. There may or may not be a hard mass under the skin. If you think you may have been bitten by a black widow spider, go to the hospital immediately; these bites can be fatal.
Brown Recluse Spider Bites
Brown Recluse Spiders are common in some areas of the United States, which is unfortunate because of how dangerous they are. Brown Recluse Spider bites are larger and reddish, with a white, sometimes dry-looking, center. Sometimes, a red spot will be in the middle of the dry area. It is important to go to a hospital immediately if you think you have been bitten by this spider, because the spider’s venom can kill skin tissue rapidly.
The outdoors- and sometimes the indoors- is a marvelous place filled with wonder. But like all things, there are risks. Insect bites are common enough that many people don’t think of them as any big thing, but if you have a bite that looks like any of these, it’s a good idea to have a medical professional look at them.