Question 1. Is the spider or bug bite
Yes. The bite is probably a ant bite, fly bite, or
spider bite. Some household spider bites are NOT painful.
No. The bite is probably a mosquito bite, Flea bite,
chigger bite or bed bug bite.
Question 2. Is there just one bite?
Yes. The bite is most likely a spider bite or tick
bite. Spiders typically bite in self-defense. Ticks bite at one skin
site per tick.
No. The bite is probablly a mosquito bite, chigger
bite, ant bite, bed bug bite, or mosquitio bite.
Question 3. Is the bite flat (NOT raised)?
Yes. The bite is probably a bed bug bite. If heavly
itched, the bite may be a fly bite or mosquito bite.
No. The bite, if raised and NOT heavily itched, is
probably a chigger bite, ant bite, flea bite or spider bite.
Question 4. Is there a blister on the bite?
Yes. The bite is probably a spider bite. Spider bites
typically form a blister or pustual on top of the bite within 1-2
No. The bite, if raised, is probably a chigger bite,
ant bite, flea bite, fly bite, or mosquito bite.
Question 5. Is there a rash around the bite?
Yes. Rashes are common with itching. Red or swollen
skin is usually a result of itching. Spiders and insects can
cause rashes when itched. Local rashes may be caused by flea bite,
mosquito bite, chigger bite, or fly bites. General body rash
may be associated with an allergic reaction. If in doubt See a
No.The bite is probably a spider bite, ant bite, or
Quesiton 6. Does the bite look infected?
Yes. If the bite appears infected: is red, painful to
the touch, oozing, has dead tissue surrounding the bite or has red
streaks radiating away from the bite See a physician immediately.
No. The bite is probably not infected. Monitor the
bite. If it heals (symptoms improve) it is probably not infected.
Question 7. Do you feel sick? (nautions, headache,
weak, fever, ache, stiff neck, short of breath, body ache)
Yes. See a physician immediately.More
No. It is probably NOT a major illness associated with
mosquito bites, tick bites, poisionous spider bites or an allergic
If in doubt See a physician immediately.
Flea bites typically begin as a rash with small bumps that itch and may
bleed. Bites are typically located on the armpit, in a crease of skin
or joint (arm or leg) of the body where fleas hide. A larger skin area
may be affected over time as bite areas enlarge. Touching bites will
turn bite areas white. Itching may be localized or can become
generalized and may result in severe itching. Swelling around flea
bites or rash areas my result and take several day to subside. Symptoms
can begin suddenly.More
Fire Ant Bites
Fire ant bites have symptoms similar to other insect or bug bites.
However, a fire ants bite is painful. Redness typically surrounds the
bite forming lighter colored rings around a darker center. Pain is
present as symptoms progress. Runners of redness will shoot out from
the bite area at times. Fever, nausea, aches, tiredness, and other
flu-like symptoms may occur with fire ant bites.More
Mosquito bites typically occur at dusk or at night as mosquitos swarm.
Spring and summer seasons are worst. Mosquito bite symptoms typically
occur hours or days later. Redness and itching on and around bites is
common. Swelling may occur as itching aggrivates mosquito bite sites.
Mosquitos are carriers of Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue fever, West
Nile fever and other illnesses. More
Black Fly Bites
Black fly bites (biting flies) can produce a number of symptoms
including pain on and around the bite site, itching and cellulitis as
reaction to bites progress. The most common allergic responses are
hives or wheezing. Black flies and other biting flies can deliver
painful bites. Prolonged scratching may result in secondary infections.
Hypersensitivity to biting flies are rarely observed in the human
Chigger bites produce small raised red lesions on the skin. Bites can
cause pain and itching. Symptoms may be similar to contact dermatitis
or poison ivy or oak rash. Hypersensitive persons may experience
swelling or blistering. Itching may cause chigger bite areas to spread
and appear as a rash.More
Tick bites are noticed after redness, pain, discomfort or swelling
occure in the area of the tick bite. Blisters, rash and itching may
also occur. Early removal of the tick body and head followed by through
cleaning is beneficial. While most ticks do not carry diseases, some
ticks can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Colorado
Tick Fever, or Tularemia. Watch for symptoms of these diseases in the
weeks following a tick bite. Symptoms include muscle or joint aches,
stiff neck, headache, weakness, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other
flu-like symptoms. Watch for a red spot or rash starting at the
location of the bite. More
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites create large wheels of bites made in orderly rows.
Itching and skin redness on and around beg bug bite sites are common.
Localized swelling and the formation of blisters may occur.
Occasionally, small losses of skin tissue occur. Bed bug bite wheels
gradually are reduced to red marks which gradually fade over a few