Insect Control & Bug Bites– Difference in Bugs Troy, IL

As spring and summer approach, so do a variety of different bugs and insects. It’s important that you know the difference between bug types, their bite types, and how to protect yourself. It’s also good to know how to properly medicate or take care of yourself if you happen to be swarmed, bit, or attacked by fleas, ticks, and chiggers. These three bugs are known for their inconvenience, small size, and history of biting.

Below we have broken down the three different bug types, what to look out for, and for bite prevention, insect control, and care advice from our pest control experts.

Bug Bite Rash

Fleas

Fleas are small wingless insects that range in color from dark red to dark brown. They are found in moist environments and are most mobile in warm, humid climates. These pests are known to feed on warm-blooded bodies such as humans and animals. They are very difficult to spot as they are small and quickly bounce around their target.

Fleas have the capability to jump up to 8inches high and 13 inches across. This makes it very easy for them to identify a target and begin feeding. If you are bit by fleas you may start to notice small red, itchy-like spots on the outside of your skin. If you scratch those areas or it becomes irritated, it is likely that the spot will begin to bleed.

Ticks

Ticks are small orange/brown bugs. They live in low areas such as grass, bushes, shrubs, and other low naturally thriving areas such as gardens. These bugs feed on blood as they need it to survive. They tend to feed on humans, animals such as dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, and more.

When a tick identifies a host, they begin to feed. This can quickly cause irritation, allergic reactions, and can leave remains within the host’s skin. They are considered extremely dangerous as ticks are known to spread and transfer Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.

Chiggers

Chiggers are also known as “red bugs.” They are extremely small insects and can be very difficult to identify. They are commonly found in wooded and grassy areas near a body of water such as a river, pond, or lake. They don’t pose a severe health risk like ticks, but they can leave you suffering from a painful rash if bitten. Chiggers are most likely to bite and feed in late spring, summer, and early stages of fall.

Pest Bite & Insect Control Preventative Actions

Now that you know the difference between these three bug types, here are preventive care tips to ensure that you are prepared and protected.

  • Bug repellent containing DEET
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, and keep your toes covered when able
  • Treat your pets with SAFE pest repellent products to ensure their safety
  • Call our team to spray your yard and home
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