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What’s Biting Me? 5 Common Biting Insect Invaders in Calgary Homes

Feeling itchy? You might have some unwelcome insects (or arachnids!) in your home to blame. These are the five most common creepy crawlies that may require pest control here in Calgary—recognize any of the symptoms?

1. Flea bites

A flea bite looks like a small, red bump that doesn’t usually swell or grow like a mosquito bite. Flea bites are most common around the ankles and legs, but you may also find them near your waist, armpits, groin or breasts, or inside your elbow or knee folds. These tiny nuisances are almost never dangerous to humans, but they are to animals; if you suspect your pet might have brought fleas into your home, call your veterinarian and start vacuuming.

2. Bed bug bites
If you did, in fact, let the bed bugs bite while you were sleeping tight, you might notice a cluster or line of red, swollen bumps with a dark red centre concentrated in a small area on your body. Blisters or hives may also occur around the bite site, which can be anywhere that’s exposed while you sleep. If you suspect bedbugs call a quality Calgary exterminator without delay.

3. Spider bites
The vast majority of spider bites you might endure in this neck of the woods are harmless, but there is one exception: those of the fabled black widow. Thankfully, these venomous arachnids are exceedingly rare around Calgary. While most spider bites cause a blister that takes longer to heal than other insect bites, black widows leave behind two distinct puncture marks, and their venom can cause pain, burning and muscle cramping around the affected area.

4. Tick bites
Ticks can remain attached to the bite site for up to 10 days. To remove a tick from your skin, use a pair of tweezers to grab it as close to its head as possible and pull. This is the only safe way to get rid of a tick; never try to smother, drown or squish the insect, as you risk spreading bacteria and becoming infected. While it is possible to contract tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the Calgary area, it’s also exceedingly unlikely. That being said, if you experience any of the following symptoms following a suspected tick bite, seek medical care right away:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Disorientation

5. Wasp stings or bites

The majority of people who get stung by a wasp will experience unpleasant but manageable symptoms: localized pain, swelling and itching that quickly subsides in the hours following the bite. However, if you think you’ve been bitten by a wasp and are noticing a larger reaction, take an antihistamine and pay attention to the progression of your symptoms—you could be allergic.

Insect infestations are a pain to deal with (often literally!). If you suspect you may have a pest problem on your hands in Calgary or surrounding areas, call the friendly pest control specialists at Cal-Rid today!