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Should I worry about mosquito bites?

Mosquitoes are small flying insects. Female mosquitoes have a long, piercing mouthpiece, with which they pierce a host's skin to consume their blood. Blood serves as a source of protein for their eggs. Male mosquitoes don't have the…

All you need to know about spider bites

Spider bites can be painful and are sometimes dangerous, even life-threatening. There are thousands of species of spiders in the United States, but very few can harm humans.This article will cover the reasons spiders bite, a guide to the…

What are fire ant bites?

Fire ants can turn a blissful afternoon outside into an itchy, burning stream of misery. An attack from a fire ant typically causes instant, intense pain. The pain quickly gives way to itching and skin irritation that lasts anywhere from a…

What to do about a horsefly bite

Horsefly bites are painful. Some people develop serious allergies to horsefly bites, but this is rare. Avoiding horseflies can be difficult outdoors in summer, but dealing with their bites is usually simple. Because of the way they do…

Should I worry about a tick bite?

A tick is a small eight-legged bug that is in the same family of creatures as spiders. Ticks suck blood to complete their lifecycle. Ticks can bite anywhere on the body. They are often attracted to moist areas of the body, such as the…

How to treat and prevent chigger bites

Chiggers are the juvenile form of a species of mite that belongs to the Trombiculidae family. They attach themselves to humans and feed on skin cells, which can lead to itching. According to the Entomology Department at the University of…

How to treat a yellow-jacket sting

Yellow jackets are stinging insects that have yellow marks on their head and body. Because of their coloring, people commonly mistake them for bees.Yellow jackets are the most common source of stings in the United States. In this article,…

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