CMAVE entomologist DeWayne Shoemaker, whose earlier research reconstructed the invasion history of the red imported fire ant said, “We theorized that tropical fire ants were likely moved around by people and that the early trade routes most likely provided that transportation.
Knowing the history and travel patterns of insects can help in in determining the best way to prevent them from invading other places. The full story “Genetic Detective Work on Invasive Ants” was published in the December 2015 issue of AgResearch magazine. As summer quickly approaches, pests will begin multiplying, which means a higher likelihood to experience bug bites. Red Imported Fire Ant:  The Red Imported Fire Ant was first introduced from Brazil into either Mobile, AL or Pensacola, FL between 1933-1945. Fleas:  The cat flea is the most important flea species in the United States and attacks both cats and dogs.
In the most recent issue of Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine, a report on the most wanted invasive pests was included. According to a 2004 Cornell University report, more than 4,500 foreign arthropod species reside in the continental U.S.
Fire Ants on your grass, sidewalks, parking lots or anywhere on your property pose a real threat to your business.
Even worse, fire ants that set up homes in these places can easily enter your establishment through tiny cracks and gaps in your foundation or under door plates.
With 2.5 million tons of living fire ants in the Southeast – your property and your customers can easily become a target. Make sure that materials infested with fire ants are not wheeled across your landscape, spreading an infestation.
Employ a professional pest service that can eliminate ants and their nests and prevent future colonies from forming. If you think you have an ant problem, or want to learn about Massey’s Commercial Pest Prevention, schedule a Free Inspection, or call us at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739).
Winged female fire ants can fly into a yard and land anywhere on the ground to begin another nest. Fire ants will often try and enter your home through tiny cracks and gaps in the foundation or under door plates to gain access behind baseboards and walls, eventually locating food items inside the home. If you think you have an ant problem, or want to learn about Massey’s Pest Prevention, schedule a Free Inspection, or call us at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739). Fire ants are abundant in the Southeast, where the hot, dry soil and rainy seasons provide everything necessary for them to thrive. Unlike other nuisance insects though, fire ants can pose a hazard because of their painful stings. Our Money Back Guarantee If you are not satisfied with the results of your program, we'll provide corrective service at no additional charge.
About Massey:When you call Massey Services to protect and enhance your home or property, you’re getting more than a company built on over 80 years of superior services and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Insect bites or stings may be associated with large circular areas of swelling; the raw areas on the left lesion are probably due to scratching.
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Allow time between treatments Allow area to warm for at least 45 minutes to an hour before beginning the icing routine again.
Take acetaminophen for pain and an antihistamine (diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine) for itching, as needed.
1% hydrocortisone cream can be helpful, but prescription-strength topical corticosteroids such as triamcinolone acetonide may provide more relief.
Using tweezers, grasp the tick as near the skin as possible and pull firmly until it releases. Wash the area with soap and water, then apply 1% hydrocortisone in anticipation of any reaction. Bed bug bites can leave you with painful inflammation and since they love to hide in beds, you may be bitten a number of times before you wake up in the morning! Since bed bugs can be found throughout the world, many people have suffered from their bites. In comparison to other insect bites, bed bug bite marks are usually in groups of three or more when they appear on the skin.
The biggest problem with these bites is that, depending on the persons skin and their tolerance to bacteria, their appearance is different on different types of people.
Likewise, if I get bitten by a bed bug, I usually get a rather bad rash which is extremely sensitive to touch while they are hardly visible on my husband. Its important to note that bed bugs can easily be transferred from other locations (such as hotels, friends, etc.) into your bedroom, something your definitely want to avoid! Firstly, its important to remember that, despite their daily diet of blood, bed bugs will not transfer blood based diseases (such as AIDS, etc.).
While I understand that these reactions may have other causes, if you have just had a number of bed bug bites symptoms (listed above), I highly recommend contacting a doctor as you may be having an allergic reaction. Lets have a look at few products you can use to alleviate the itchiness of these bites and ultimately get rid of them. Cortisone cream is also great for accelerating the healing process and calming the skin down. Antibiotics can be prescribed by your medical practitioner for inflammation and allergic reactions. Lemon juice and Aloe Vera gel has calming and regenerative properties can can be used to treat the bites. However, always remember that these simply treat the problem and do not get down to the root cause. In conclusion, bed bug bites can be a pain to deal with (pun intended) but with a few natural or product based remedies, treatment is rather easy. I woke up this morning trying to figure out what’s this pain on my back and sadly I found out it was munched by a bed bug! This morning, I stood in front of the mirror for my daily grooming routine when the most gruesome red bumps appeared before me and it’s at the side of my neck! For about 5 years now, I get bit during the night, but only around the end of June and only for a couple weeks, then the biting stops. Hi Kelly, I recommend that you look on her bed for signs of these pests, let me know what you find. Hello, i was worried that we had bed bugs in our room and i hired an exterminator to come in and have a look.
Hi Natasha, I think I will treat the mattress and other areas in the room for bed bugs just in case.
Hello there Trish from Reno we found bed bugs oh my gosh, I am am the only one who has been getting bit last yr on my feet this yr on my hands. Natasha, what is this DE you talk about,and will it kill other little pest besides BB and fleas?
I had bed bugs last June (I live in Chicago and apparently bed bugs are a huge problem here). After being treated by a dermatologist for nearly 2 mos for red marks all over my body – he stated that I did not have bed bug bites (he even took a biopsy of my skin) and said I had leichen planus. Hi Natasha, so I have these bumps on the back of my calf and upper thigh and a little bit on the my lower back area. I need help on desiding if I have bed bugs I have 6 lil bites in a straight line on my arm can that be a sign? Department of Agriculture (USDA), invasive ants cost billions of dollars annually in control, damage repair and medical care. Some bites can hardly be noticed, but there are others that can cause such severity they become life threatening. They are known to be almost as important as mosquitoes in terms of public health importance. The unofficial definition of an invasive species is a species that does not naturally occur in a specific area and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. With the increased movement of people, equipment and commodities around the world, exotic pests challenge our borders daily. Centers for Disease Control report this pest is established in 26 states.  They can cause serious illness, including Chikungunya fever, affecting parts of Africa, Asia, India and Italy since 2005. They have the potential to deliver many painful stings as they provide protection for their colony. That’s because these are areas where patrons and their children traverse, making them ready targets for fire ants and their stinging bites. From here they gain access behind baseboards and walls, eventually locating food items inside.
Any disturbance may encourage the colony to move somewhere else and this can make eradication more difficult. They’re named “Fire Ants” because the pain from hundreds of cumulative stings feels like your skin is being set on fire. Within a month or two, colonies rapidly build to up to a quarter million ants or more per mound.
To keep them under control – guaranteed – contact Massey Services for a free,detailed pest inspection. Fire ants often set up colonies right next to building structures, with mounds that can reach up to 24″ high. The venom injected during stinging can be extremely dangerous to certain people, causing serious allergic reactions,including anaphylactic shock.
After 30 days, should your problem persist, we’ll continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we'll refund your last regular service payment.
In the Midwest and East Coast regions of the US, mosquitos, flying insects, and ticks cause most bites. The black widow spider may cause only a mild reaction at the bite site, but pain, stiffness, chills, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain may follow within a few hours.
Although sometimes icing feels like torture it is the best way to reduce inflammation immediately following an acute injury. It is really up to each person to make that decision, but empirical evidence suggests that icing for the first 48 hours greatly reduces inflammation and allows for healing to happen faster. Peel the top of the cup away and massage the ice-cup over the injury in a circular pattern allowing the ice to melt away.
Usually, the person who has suffered the bite or sting develops some pain, redness, or itchiness at the site that goes away within hours to days.

The black widow spider may cause only a mild local reaction at the bite site, but pain, stiffness, chills, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain may follow within a few hours. If a black widow or brown recluse spider bite is suspected, apply ice to the area and seek medical help. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. If you have a severe allergic reaction, its recommended that you seek professional medical assistance. Their primary diet is blood, which makes humans their meal of choice, definitely not good news for us!
I have noticed in the past that if I get bitten by a mosquito, I get a rather large red mark (even without scratching), whereas my husbands skin hardly shows any signs of the bite. If your bites become very itchy, you need to resist the urge to scratch the affected area as this can make the problem worse and cause further inflammation, infection or even bleeding. Its important to always check your skin, clothing and bags for any signs of bed bugs (and their bites) before entering your bedroom after sleeping away from the home. However, in very rare cases, these bites have been known to cause Anaphylaxis, which is an adverse allergic reaction that covers the entire body in a rash. However, the good news is that its rather rare so there is usually no need to worry yourself. However, before trying anything, something that you should do immediately is give the affected area a quick wash with water and a mild soap. However, if you have sensitive skin like myself, they can last a couple weeks or in my husbands case, they last only a few days. If you have any more and would like to contribute to this post, please feel free to contact me and I will put them up!
Most of the time, these bites can be extremely itchy and may cause a slight swelling, depending on how sensitive the victims skin is. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately. It’s so gross and I don’t want my girlfriend to see it!  Can an antibiotic cure me from these bites? Yes, an oral antihistamine will work (for insect bites) but be aware that it may cause drowsiness. Besides calling an exterminator (since you cannot afford it), I would recommend washing all your bedding, clothes and other linen that may have come into contact with bed bugs and if you still have a problem, get your things steam cleaned. I always recommend natural treatments (a few are outlined in this article) but based on your description, I recommend seeking professional medical assistance. Your best bet would be to dust your bed with DE (under the sheets) as this will kill fleas and bed bugs after only a couple applications.
I inspected my bed mattress and linens for any signs of bed beg fecal matter and any grown bed bugs or spots of feces. Sounds like bed bug bites to me but don’t stress, although bed bugs are known to travel with you from other locations its not a guarantee that they always do. If there are absolutely no signs of bed bugs (upon close inspection), its unlikely that they are the cause for the bite marks. I am not too sure where you live but you can usually grab them from Amazon (online) or a home improvement store.
My husband saturated our mattress with rubbing alcohol baseboards and I am washing everything tomorrow should we spray our entire you’re house too even our cloth furniture? I wouldn’t spray your house, just complete your rubbing alcohol treatments (please be careful as its extremely flammable) and then keep an eye out for them. The very first night we were here my husband and I both got bite and it’s been getting worse every night. Please check for any signs of bed bugs (any marks on the mattress, etc) because it might just be fleas or something else.
I have little red itchy bites on my legs and around my knees some are spread and small but some are in a line of 4 . A recent genetic study revealed that tropical fire ants were transported by Spanish ships from Acapulco, Mexico, across the Pacific Ocean to the Philippines, where they were then transported to other parts of the world. Allergic reactions to the saliva cause the itchy bumps and swollen hives some people get after being bitten.
Climate typically determines whether invasives can survive once they get here, and with many coming from tropical locales like South Asia and the Caribbean, the hotter and more humid, the better.
When a fire ant stings, they must first grab the skin with their jaw for leverage, then curl their abdomen to insert the stinger. And, persons allergic to bee and wasp stings are especially susceptible because they can experience anaphylactic shock from these tiny creatures. They deliver painful stings, which can cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock, in some people. This potential danger makes it important to effectively treat the areas where mosquitoes live and breed, including dense foliage and standing water.
The bites of most insects (such as ants, mosquitos, flies, spiders, ticks, bugs, and mites) do not cause such a severe reaction.Sometimes, it may be hard to tell which type of insect has caused the skin reactions, as many insect reactions look the same. In drier areas of the Western US, crawling insects are more likely to cause bites.There is no proven connection to race or sex in terms of how a person reacts to bites. Some insects, such as fire ants, can cause a painful and itching raised area containing pus (a pustule).Flying insects tend to bite exposed areas not covered by clothing, while some bugs (such as fleas) focus on the lower legs. Similarly, the brown recluse spider bite may cause a severe skin reaction after a few hours, with redness, pain, blistering, and ulcers forming, as well as fever, nausea, and fatigue. People with more sensitive skin will often have a more dramatic reaction (eg, more redness or a bigger bump), but the bite is still usually harmless. Flying and jumping insects are more prevalent in the eastern US, while crawling insects are more often found in the western US.
Similarly, the bite of a brown recluse spider may cause a marked skin reaction after a few hours with redness, pain, blistering, and ulcers forming, as well as fever, nausea, and fatigue.
If you enjoy the outdoors, be careful of ticks -- they can attach as you brush past grass and plants.
It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health.
Besides medical creams and pills, things like tea tree oil, baking soda and even lemon juice can also give you relief at minimal cost. Based on personal experience, they can leave a rather nasty, red mark which can itch like mad. According to the Center for Disease Control, bed bug bites can even cause insomnia due to the fear of being bitten. Here are a couple home remedies to get rid of bed bugs that have been extremely helpful to the community. However, it seems that bed bugs enjoy feeding on the neck region, making their feeding habits very close to those sparkly vampires you see on Twilight.
As mentioned, if you scratch the bites its going to make things worse and besides running the risk of a bacterial infection, they will also take longer to heal so keep your nails away from them! However, caution needs to be taken when more adverse symptoms develop and if this happens to you or a family member, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor immediately! If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours.
I only have antibiotics here and the nearest mini convenience store is 5 kilometers away so yeah help me please! My mother in law had stayed at my house for a few nights and a few weeks later after returning home she discovered she had a severe infestation of bed bugs.. The heat will kill them and its great for treating the mattress, especially since you can do it yourself. When it comes to bed bugs, if there are a few bites that are not swollen or inflamed, you can usually just treat them with a cream but if you are having an adverse allergic reaction, you may need something much stronger. Since you have had the similar experience for 5 years, I highly recommend getting someone to take a look at your bed for bed bugs. I recommend giving all your clothing a hot wash when you get back home (and your travel bags) and to inspect your bed for signs of their presence. I recommend taking another look for dark brown marks (dried blood) and other signs of their presence. Often a diagnosis of spider bite is given when the person really doesn’t know what is causing the lesion(s).
From the sounds of it, you don’t have any sort of major infestation so you should be fine. I recommend that you take some time to investigate and try and find the insect(s) that bit you before taking any steps.
Yesterday the landlord had pest control come out and spray the house but I’m pretty sure I still got bite last night. I recommend that you check out my article that outlines a couple easy steps to get rid of them, it pretty much has every possible way listed.
I recommend spending some time at a friend or families house, especially since you are battling to sleep.
I’ve recently returned home after spending a week in a hotel and the day after I returned I noticed 4 red dots which could be bites on my waist line.
While Texas and the Gulf Coast get their share of pest introductions, South Florida is ground zero. The venom causes a burning sensation and can be extremely dangerous to certain people, causing serious allergic reactions. The stings from fire ants are quite annoying, each one usually developing into a tight pustule that itches and burns.
A well-known fire ant researcher estimates that there may be approximately 2.5 million tons of living fire ants in the Southeast! In addition to attacking people, fire ants can also sting your pets.  Be sure to teach your kids not to disturb fire ants or their mounds and have a professional take care of the problem. While fleas are most often found on animals, they will also jump on humans for a blood meal.
To help keep mosquitoes away, be sure to replace all standing water, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if going out at dusk or dawn. We’ll provide a thorough, free inspection and a plan to keep fire ants, plus other pests, out of your home.
Flying insects tend to bite or sting uncovered (exposed) skin areas, while bugs such as fleas tend to bite the lower legs and around the waist, often with several bites grouped together.Some people are far more sensitive to insects and have more severe reactions, so the fact that no one else in your family seems to be affected does not mean that your child has not suffered an insect bite.
Where the bite occurs on the body can help determine what kind of insect was involved; flying insects tend to bite the head and torso, while jumping insects, such as fleas, tend to bite the feet and legs. Most severe allergic reactions are fairly rare and occur in somewhere between 1 and 5 per 100 people in the US.

In some situations and in some locations, such as the lower leg or shin, large blisters can occur. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site.
No wonder people say “Goodnight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!” What do these bites look like (and what to do if you are bitten) and what are some ways that you can get rid of them?
In fact, there are a number of effective home remedies that you can use to treat these insect bites. I encourage you to take a look at that article if you are serious about removing them properly.
Since most people wear pajamas when they go to sleep, other common areas for bites include the arms, hands, feet and face since they are also exposed. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below.
Sadly, my sister has bed bug bite marks all over her legs and i’m very worried of what her playmates will think of her socially.
As a precautionary measure, you can put DE under your sheets for a day or two and that will kill any pests that are hiding there.
Regardless, a few months later we had the opportunity to change the entire bedroom set and cleaned all the sheets on sanitize cycle – the bites all went away.
Regardless, if you want to kill any bug on that mattress, just get a handheld steamer and blast it.
The saliva is irritating to the host, causing dermatitis and hair loss in allergic animals. Unlike a bee that loses its stinger, each fire ant worker can sting again and again until it is brushed away.
Areas of the yard where kids and pets roam should be regularly scouted and treated for fire ants. In addition to causing itching and discomfort, fleas have also been known to transmit diseases like plague, typhus and tapeworm. If you can’t avoid being in mosquito-infested areas, use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin. A very small portion of the population is allergic to the bite or sting of some common insects, such as wasps and bees, and the allergic person will experience a severe reaction, including hives (raised welts) all over their body, itchiness, trouble breathing and swallowing, and unconsciousness. Some insects, such as fire ants, are known to cause a painful and itchy pus-filled bump.Flying insects tend to choose exposed areas not covered by clothing, while some bugs (such as fleas) focus on the lower legs.
If you are sleeping in a hotel and are nervous about bed bugs, simply wear extra clothing to completely cover your skin.
If you find any tiny blood marks on the sheets, that’s a tell tale sign of the presence of bed bugs. Is it spider bites or even worse bed bug bites because I’ve been staying in a hotel for work but also could have got them from home?
Sometimes, the sting site can get infected, so treat each wound carefully with appropriate medications. Tick BitesOnce a tick latches onto skin, it often moves to the warm, moist armpits and groin -- feeding on blood and passing on any disease it carries.
If one of these insects bite you, you usually won’t even feel it as it uses a form of anesthetic which dulls the pain. You can also purchase plastic covers to protect yourself against these pests while sleeping out.
My fianc roommate did bring a stray kitten into the house not to long ago, and I’m thinking its fleas. Persons allergic to bee and wasp stings should carry doctor-prescribed medication in advance of being stung to prevent anaphylactic shock. Anyone who suspects this sort of allergy should discuss it with their doctor; they may need to carry a special sort of medicine that can be injected in case of emergency to reverse the allergic reaction.
Bed bugs also are known to leave bite marks in a straight line, also in close proximity to each other. Then a few weeks later my son started to sleep in his bed again and sure enough he woke up with 3 bites in the shape of a triangle that were swollen and itchy. I have a couple bites on my arms but mainly on ankles and feet.there is no carpet in house, just hardwood and one rug in living rm. However, if you have a bed bug infestation, there are usually a large number of these little pests and this can result in a multitude of bite marks. Then my son and i were getting these little bumps on our body that looked nothing like the triangle bites and didn’t itch so the exterminator came again and treated but found no evidence of bed bugs and this cycle happened four times! In fact, sometimes they are mistaken for spider bites, even by medical professionals so make sure you let your doctor know if you feel it could be a bite from bedbugs. So he has treated my apartment 4 times and found no signs of bed bugs and even had a dog come out to sniff around .. For ticks (still attached): Using tweezers, grasp the tick as near the skin as possible and pull firmlyuntil it releases. Lastly, you will be happy to learn that bed bugs do not fly so you won’t be attacked from the air. Infected ticks usually don't spread the disease until they've been attached for at least 36 hours. The exterminator insists that we do not have bed bugs anymore but my son is still getting these bumps on him, some are reds dots and some are skin colored but no complaining of itching . I think the tape on my bed prevented them from getting back into my bed after I threw my mattress out but again the exterminator said tape does not work.
Untreated Lyme disease may spread to other parts of the body, including the muscles, joints, heart, and nervous system. Are they hiding somewhere else like in the walls to where the exterminator think the problem is gone ?
Black Widow Spiders: Venomous!Wood piles and tree stumps -- that's where venomous female black widows hide. She is long-legged and glossy black, with a distinctive orange, red, or yellow "hourglass" shape on her underside.
Black Widow Spider BitesBlack widow spider bites may cause stabbing pain in the bite area, but they can also be painless. Severe muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and a rise in blood pressure may follow soon after. Brown Recluse Spiders Can Have a Nasty BiteHiding in attics and closets -- in Midwestern and Southern states -- that's where you'll find brown recluse spiders. Brown Recluse Spider BitesWhen the brown recluse bites, it is often painless -- then skin may redden, turn white, blister, and becomes painful. If you have lice, you likely got it from sharing a hat, brush, or other item with a person who has lice.
Head Lice RemediesTo kill lice and their eggs (called nits), use lotions, creams, or shampoos from the drug store or prescribed by your doctor which are designed specifically for lice. Wash clothing, bedding, and brushes in hot water and dry in a hot dryer of dry clean to prevent the spread of lice. Flea BitesSome people are very sensitive to flea bites -- but scratching can cause a wound or infection. Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow JacketWhen certain types of bees sting, they lose their stinger and die. But a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket can inflict multiple stings because it does not lose the stinger. Bee, Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jacket StingsIf you don't have an allergic reaction, simply remove the stinger, clean the sting site, apply ice, take oral antihistamine for itching, and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief.
If you have a severe anaphylactic reaction, use an epinephrine auto-injector if you have one. During an attack, the fire ant latches onto the skin with its jaw, then stings from its abdomen. Specifically, chiggers are the juvenile (or larval) form of a family of mites called Trombiculidae.
Chigger BitesAfter a few days of being attached to the skin, chiggers fall off -- leaving itchy red welts. Scabies: Stealthy PestsWhen scabies mites get into the skin, they can cause a big skin problem. The mites spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person -- or by sharing towels, bed linens, and other objects.
Treating ScabiesIntense itching and skin sores don't appear until several weeks after mites get into skin. The rash typically is seen on the sides and webs of the fingers, the wrist, elbows, genitals, and buttock. Bedbugs: Hitching a RideTheir name tells the tale, as these tiny insects tend to hide in bedding.
They are often found in hotels, shelters, and apartment complexes -- and can hitch a ride into your home aboard luggage, pets, and boxes.
More of a nuisance than a health hazard, it is possible to develop an infection from scratching.
If you have an allergic skin reaction, use creams with corticosteroids and take oral antihistamines -- and see your doctor. Puss Caterpillar StingsWhen a puss caterpillar stings, you may get waves of intense pain, rash, fever, vomiting, and muscle cramps. Remove the broken-off spines by using cellophane tape or a commercial facial peel -- and call your doctor.
Symptoms of a sting include pain, swelling, itching, vomiting, increased sweating, and vision problems.
Some types of deerflies spread Tularemia, an infectious bacterial disease that requires medical attention. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, apply insect repellent and cover up when you go outdoors. Houseflies: Dirty, Hairy!A housefly is a dirty insect -- carrying more than 1 million bacteria on its body. To control flies, keep food and garbage in closed containers and use window screens on your home. It helps to use pesticides (or an exterminator), keep a clean kitchen, and repair cracks and holes in floors and walls.

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