With Summer finally here, it’s time to think about protecting your skin. Most minds go directly to applying enough sunblock, however there is more to it than that. You need to keep yourself safe from insect bites and stings this summer. Common insect bites send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. Therefore, it’s important to be able to identify insect bites and know how to help keep yourself safe.

How do I know what kind of bite is on my body?

  • Mosquito bites: You know you’ve been bit by a mosquito when you see a small red spot/bump on your skin. Typically, the red area will become itchy. Mosquito bites are not typically found in clusters, so if it’s a stand-alone bump, chances are it’s a mosquito bite.
  • Spider bites: When a spider bites you, you will notice the skin getting red and irritated. However, if the skin starts to blister and swell up and you experience a fever and/or joint pain, it would be best to contact a doctor as these are typically signs of a more severe reaction.
  • Tick bites: Ticks love blood and they attach themselves to human skin. If you feel irritation and see an insect still connected to your skin, it’s a tick. They need to be removed immediately as they can carry diseases and cause allergic reactions.
  • Bee stings: If you’re stung by a bee, you will feel extreme pain around the site of the sting. It’s typically followed by swelling and redness. Many people are allergic to bee stings so if you get stung for the first time, be extra cautious and if you’re alone, try to find someone to stay with you in case a reaction occurs.

What helps mosquito bites?
To help with the itchiness of mosquito bites, you should first wash it out under running water, or with wipes. Honey, lime, oatmeal, or apple cider vinegar can help soothe the itching sensation. They all have anti-itch properties that should help you feel better.

What helps spider bites?
The first thing you should do is wash the area around the bite with water and a mild soap. Next, apply an antibiotic ointment. If you’re experiencing pain and swelling, use a cold compress for relief.

How to prevent getting bug bites in the summer?
To prevent bugs from coming close to you, cover all food in your vicinity. This is extremely useful at picnics since bugs are prevalent in open areas. Swatting at bees and wasps or any other bug for that matter, will make them more aggressive. It’s best to stay calm and slowly move away from the bug.
When going on hikes, or anywhere with tall grass, it’s best to wear boots and to tuck your pants into the boots. Also, wearing long sleeves will help protect your arms from being bit. Keeping your skin covered is the best way to avoid being bit. Applying repellents will also assist in keeping the bugs away.


If pests are consistently a nuisance in your home or outdoor space, call May Exterminating and we will inspect for infestations in and around your home. If an infestation is found, we will walk you through the next steps to eliminate the pests once and for all.