Do You Know The Different Biting Bugs?

Warm weather means bugs of all kinds come out of hiding. All insects are generally annoying but the biting pests should be a primary concern for you and your family. Some bugs can transmit dangerous diseases with their bite.

Protect yourself and your family by knowing how to identify the particularly dangerous biting bugs. Then you can take the necessary steps to ward them off or treat a bite.

black-fly-biteBlack Flies

This year, black flies seem to be out in massive numbers. These pests are particularly frustrating because bug sprays don’t usually keep them at bay. Avon’s Skin So Soft oil has been recommended as a black fly repellent.

The black fly bite isn’t technically poisonous. These bites can usually be found on the back of necks or in a person’s hair. A bite by this bug can make lymph nodes swell up to the size of a firm pea. They can stay irritated for a long time but they aren’t dangerous. The best way to avoid a black fly bite is to retreat indoors at sunset.


When you combine warm weather and stagnant water, you get an infestation of mosquitoes. Regular bug sprays tend to keep these frustrating bugs at a distance. If you have children, it’s a good idea to spray standard bug sprays onto their clothing rather than their skin. For a repellant that is safe to use on sensitive skin, it is better to go natural. The Burt’s Bees insect stick is a good choice.

A mosquito bite starts small and looks similar to an ant bite. If the bite is irritated by scratching, they can become severely swollen and and painful. You can apply rubbing alcohol to a mosquito bite to try to reduce the swelling, itching, and redness. The recommended dose of Benadryl may help take off the edge as well.

If there is a particularly severe infestation of mosquitios around your home, it may be a good idea to contact a Las Vegas pest control service to handle the problem. Even with the best bug sprays, it can be difficult to protect yourself from the onslaught of this annoying pest.


While there are many types of ticks, the most important is the deer tick because it can be considered the most dangerous. The deer tick is a tiny red and black bug that carries Lyme disease. They live in heavily wooded areas and fields with lots of weeds and tall grasses. These dangerous pests are also not sensitive to bug sprays.

A bite from the deer tick is very dangerous if you don’t catch it in time. Check your family every 24 hours after possibly being exposed to them. If you find one on your body, the best way to remove it is to pull it off with your fingers.

It takes about 36 hours for the Lyme to travel from the body of the tick into your bloodsteam. If you catch the tick in time, you are safe. If not, you can experience flu-like symptoms or irritated rashes that look like a bull’s-eye. Other possible symptoms are pain and swelling in the joints and even Bell’s palsy. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Don’t wait to contact the experts at R and C Pest Control if you see these bites on you or your family members. The longer the infestation takes over your home, they will cause much more damage. Call as soon as you see any signs of bites. For more information about a great Las Vegas pest control service, contact 702.257.2847.