There are many different bugs and things of the sort in this world and plenty of them are capable of biting but for some reason, the most common ones tend to look quite similar. From bites to stings, telling them apart is important.

Even if you never see the bug that bit you, the way the bite looks, feels, and whether or not it itches could tell you all that you need to know. Below I am going to go over some of the more common kinds of ‘bug bites’ and ‘stings.’ Pay close attention so you will be able to tell them apart when and if they happen to you.

14 Common ‘Bug Bites’ and What They All Look Like:

1. Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown recluse venom is highly poisonous, that being said, only a small amount is injected into those who are bitten. When you are bitten by one of these spiders you will notice some minor burning. Offhand you may assume you were stung by a bee but after a few hours, symptoms should begin occurring.

You may notice severe pain, tissue destruction, severe itching, nausea, and vomiting. Most people come down with a very high fever and in some cases, necrotic lesions and scarring become very prominent. You should see a doctor as soon as possible, the same day is ideal.


2. Horse-Fly Bite

Horse-flies are quite aggressive and tend to bite without even being provoked. Their bite causes bleeding and soreness at the site. You might notice reddish bumps and itchiness at the bite site but not always. While it is not very common some people develop allergic reactions to their bites. Take a look below to see what one might look like.


3. Deer Fly Bite

Deer fly bites are not fun at all. Deer flies will try to feed off of humans, pets, livestock, and so forth. They usually aim for the head or neck and bite repeatedly. When bitten the area will become swollen and red. It will itch and if you scratch most likely lead to a secondary bacterial infection.


4. Lice Bites

There are several different kinds of lice but all leave rash like bites. These rash-like bites will be itchy and become quite red. You can see below they do not look quite like any normal rash.


5. Red/Fire Ant Bites

Fire ants really know how to ruin a picnic. Their bites cause instant, intense pain. They cause itching and skin irritation.


6. Hornet Stings

Hornet stings become red and irritated quickly. They hurt instantly and tend to swell a good bit. See below, you will notice the spot where the stinger made contact and around that will become very prominent.

7. Bedbug Bites

Bedbug bites look almost like heat rash and really itch. You see, bedbugs feed off of our blood to survive. They tend to bite in groups so when you find one bite you often find quite a few. Take a look at the image below to see what this might look like.


8. Flea Bites

Flea bites look similar to bedbug bites in some ways but are quite different. They do not become as red and tend to be more raised up. Flea bites are easily the most recognized on this list aside from the bee stings and mosquito bites.

While they tend to be together, they are also separated for the most part. They itch and can sometimes be quite persistent. Some people react on a worse level than others to these, it just depends.


9. Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites usually look like small round puffy bumps. You might notice a small dot at the center where the bite occurred and it will become hard as time goes on. While they usually clear up quickly they itch pretty bad and can cause some serious diseases.


10. Bee Stings

Bee stings all look very similar. They are painful right off the bat and become quite swollen. That being said, some swell a lot more than others. If you are allergic it could be a very serious ordeal.


11. Tick Bite

You don’t often find a tick bite without a tick still attached so if there is a tick attached that should be a dead giveaway. That being said once removed the area will be red and itchy. You should be able to see the bite mark quite prominently. While ticks can carry some pretty rough diseases usually they are not a big problem.


12. Chigger Bites

Chigger bites are very common in the South and basically look like a bunch of little red dots. They itch like crazy and are horrible to deal with. These are basically tiny bugs who have dug their way into your skin and made it their home. Smothering them is the best way to get rid of them otherwise they will remain pestering you for several days.


13. Wasp Stings

Wasps are basically the same as the other bees listed on this, as they become red and irritated and are quite painful from the beginning. If you are allergic you might end up being hospitalized depending on how bad things are. We all react differently to wasp stings but they are without a doubt quite upsetting.


14. Black Widow Spider Bites

Black widow bites can be quite deadly. They cause abdominal pain, vomiting, chest pain, and for some fainting. The bite site will look like most other spider bites but may look much more irritated and will get much worse as time goes by. I would strongly suggest seeking emergency medical care if bitten.


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