So how do you go about identifying bug bites? After all, there are a lot of different kinds of bugs in Canada.
Here’s a quick run down of some of the more common bug bites in Canada, that you should not confuse for bed bug bites:
Mosquito Bites – These are the most common kind of bite you’ll get in Canada. They appear as itchy welts almost identical to bed bug bites. In fact, unless you consult a doctor for testing, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Mosquito bites appear in sporadic patterns, unlike the triangular or line patterns bed bug bites tend to have.
Bed bug bites can sometimes (but not always) be differentiated from mosquito bites by their unique triangular or linear shaped patterns.
Spider Bites – There are thousands of different kinds of spiders and various species may cause unique reactions. You can differentiate them from bed bug bites, as spider bites are almost always singular, whereas bed bugs tend to bite multiple times.
Black Fly Bites – These critters only bite during the day, so you shouldn’t confuse their bites for those of bed bugs, which are primarily nocturnal. They appear as red open sores, often on the face and neck.
Tick Bites – Ticks prefer warm, moist areas such as the armpits or groin. Their bites appear as singular, inflamed marks. Ticks may also carry lyme disease which results in a large red bulls eye shaped pattern.
Flea Bites – Fleas aren’t just for pets. They cause little raised red nodules to appear on human skin. Because of their raised nature, they should not be confused with bed bug bites.
Lice Bites – These bites appear on the scalp and behind the ears. They are not usually confused with bed bug bites, as bed bugs prefer arms, torsos and other exposed expanses of skin.
Ant Bites – Ant bites appear as red lesions that itch and burn. They can also fill with pus and be confused with pimples, but do not look like bed bug bites.
Please note these are only guidelines for identifying bug bites and determining what kind of bug bites you are dealing with. They are not a substitution for medical advice. If you’re concerned that you may have been bitten by an insect, please consult with your doctor to be certain the bite is harmless.
Magical Pest Control specializes in helping remove any unwanted pests chomping on you. If bed bugs are infesting your home or business, please contact us for an inspection. You can also reach us by phone at (905) 738-6676.