Parasites and insect bites
Parasites are after your blood! The bites of mosquitoes, biting flies, bed bugs, fleas, or ticks are usually not painful; itching causes uncomfortable feelings. And especially if you have been bitten several times. This always happens when parasites such as fleas or bed bugs have established themselves in your home.
We can help rid your home of parasites. Below are some tips on how to prevent such insect attacks.
An insect bite irritates the skin. This is because as soon as insects bite, they inject their saliva to prevent blood clotting. The defence reaction of our immune system to this saliva causes well-known itching.
Parasites spread severe diseases in many parts of the world. When travelling to tropical countries, be sure to take precautions with vaccinations and not expose yourself to unnecessary dangers. In our native latitudes, insects are unlikely to transmit life-threatening diseases.
Sensitivity to insect bites
Parasites are picky! They bite some people more often than others. But, in general, the basic rule of thumb is that young children and adults who have been bitten many times in the past are more susceptible.
- Insect bites are usually harmless and only require medical attention in exceptional cases. However, if you notice swelling in the head area such as the throat, mouth or tongue, or if you have difficulty breathing, call an emergency doctor immediately.
- Insect stings such as bee or wasp stings lead to allergic reactions more often than insect bites. These are usually expressed as swellings or red hives. However, in the case of allergic overreactions, we recommend that you consult your doctor here as well.
Tips for treating insect bites
- It is first necessary to clean the wound. If insect parts such as mouthparts are left in the damage, it is essential to remove them altogether. We recommend using tweezers or fingernails. The wound should then be washed thoroughly again with soap and water or disinfected with alcohol wipes.
- Swelling can be relieved with cold compresses. However, never put ice cubes directly on your bare skin!
- Swelling caused by insect bites will subside after about one week. However, the itching caused by the edge persists for several days.
- Itching and swelling can be relieved by using antihistamine creams. Antihistamine tablets (such as hay fever preparations) can also help resolve symptoms, especially if you have been bitten or stung several times.
- Try to avoid scratching the skin. It promotes itching and can also contribute to bacterial infection.
See a doctor if:
- the swelling or pain becomes so severe that you cannot move freely or you have difficulty sleeping;
- the swelling has not stopped after a day;
- The wound has become infected.
Repetitive bites, such as flea or tick infestation, can lead to sensitized skin or dermatitis. In this case, consult a doctor or pharmacist for suitable medication.
Recognition features of insect bites
It is often difficult to tell which parasite has bitten you from the bite. The reactions to insect bites vary widely and differ from person to person. Misdiagnosis is therefore widespread. You should first find out:
- find out what place you were bitten to, then
- to look for other factors that allow conclusions to be drawn about the parasite.
Your house/apartment can then be treated appropriately to prevent further bites.
Biting insects in your home
A parasite plague in your own four walls is the last thing you want, but there are ways and means to combat parasites successfully. The following three groups of parasites are most common in your home:
Biting mosquitoes and flies
- bite mainly at sunset or night
- mostly stay near slow-flowing waters
- they often rest on ceilings or in the upper third of the walls
Keep windows and doors closed at night or put mosquito screens on your windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your rooms. If you have already invaded your living space, they can be fought using commercially available means.
Fleas and ticks
- often come in contact with pets (predominantly: dogs and cats)
- are also usually found in homes where pets have lived
- multiple bites on the ankles and lower legs are common
- bite only at night
- Bites can be spread all over the body
- often minor blood stains remain on the sheets
- Stains also appear on the mattress and the immediate vicinity of the bed.
Tips on how to prevent insect bites
It is often difficult to remember when and where the bite occurred, let alone which insect was responsible for the bite. Therefore, as always, the best protection is prevention.
The following tips can help prevent insect bites:
- First, avoid wearing bright clothes and intense perfumes or deodorants.
- Wear long-sleeved tops, long pants and a hat to keep the area of attack (bare skin) as small as possible.
- Apply insect repellent sprays to all skin areas that are directly exposed to the environment.
- Use insect repellants and candles when sitting outside.
- Do not leave sugary drinks or food standing around openly.
- Avoid places with standing or slowly flowing water.
- Do not go through areas with tall grass or bushes.
Tuck your pant legs into your socks when walking through tall grass.
The insects listed above are responsible for bites in your home in most cases. However, infestation by other insect species cannot be ruled out. AAA Termites and Pest Control can help you identify and control native pest species. Our range of services offers you fast, uncomplicated solutions that are carried out with the most excellent care and protect you, your family and pets/farm animals.
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