Identifying insect bites can be difficult, but some common tips can make this process easier:
1. Examine the bite area. Fire ant bites appear in clusters and in large numbers, and will usually cause hives, while a wasp or bee will only leave a single larger mark most of the time. Looking at the bite mark closely can help identify or rule out certain types of insects.
2. Look for signs of any serious reaction. Home remedies for spider bites may be appropriate in many cases, but if you notice a darker coloring around any bite that is a bluish or purple color seek medical attention even if you cannot identify the insect. This is a sign of poison and tissue death, and needs to be treated by a doctor.
3. Mosquito bites are usually pretty simple to identify. The bite location shows a raised red bump or welt, and is soft with no skin damage or tearing. These bites itch intensely but are not usually serious. When it comes to identifying insect bites mosquitoes are the most common culprit. However, in some extreme cases mosquito bite swelling can last for several days.
4. Gnat bites can be another common insect bite problem. You may not even see the gnat or notice you have been bitten for a few minutes, and by the time you realize it the insect has flown away. A small red area with swelling is all that is present at first, and then the itch sets in.
5. Identifying insect bites can help you tell the difference between mosquito bite reactions on your skin and a poisonous spider bite puncture that may be serious and needs treatment right away. If you have been bitten shake out your clothing, and look in your immediate area for the offending insect.
6. Signs of infection can help in identifying insect bites, because spiders and certain other insects frequently cause bites that get infected.
7. Look at the puncture site. With spider bites there will usually be two puncture wounds from the fangs, most other insects only leave one puncture mark. This can help with identifying insect bites.