Biting Insects: Overview of Bugs That Bite

Biting Insects: Overview of Bugs That Bite

Most of the pests including mosquitoes, ticks, bed bugs and fleas are commonly seen flying and biting humans in the summer season where bed can be throughout the year. They bite to get their meal in the form of blood and there is no self defense involved such as in the case of wild animals. However, these pests are no less dangerous than wild animals as they cause different kind of life threatening diseases and infection which can create severe problem in the life of humans. Here is a complete guide for you to recognize the species of pests and plan to protection against them.



The pesky nature of mosquitoes is very famous among humans as they have more than 170 different species which suck the blood of humans and make them sick. You can see them in dark black, grey and brown color with green, silver and white spots which show their distinctive species.

Habitat: They can be found near ponds and backyards as they breed near water.
Threats: Mosquitoes can cause severe illness such as dengue fever, West Nile Virus and pale fever.
Prevention Tip: Draining water from fountains and birdbaths is very important so they would not find any place to continue their habitat.


Overview: Fleas also feed on blood such as mosquitoes. They can be fed on any warm-blooded host such as human, cats, and dogs. These pest has a size of 1/12-1/6 inch with dark reddish color.
Habitat: Adult cats, rodents, and raccoons are the pets which are used by fleas as their habitat.
Threats: They can cause allergy dermatitis in pets and painful itch pumps are the sign of their bites. They also spread diseases such as bubonic plague and murine typhus.
Prevention Tip: Visiting veterinarian and bathing oneself are the steps of fleas’ management that can be used for protection against fleas. Human can use the same tip for their pets.


Overview: Ticks are arachnids who suck human blood. There are different species of ticks including Lone Star ticks, dog ticks, and Rocky Mountain Wood ticks. They have a common oval and flat shape with different colors.
Habitat: Highly vegetated areas and woods are favorite place of ticks to grow and live.
Threats: Ticks also cause dangerous diseases such as Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease.
Prevention Tip: Check whether outdoors is filled with tick. If yes, then adopt the strategy of slow and steady pull of fleas.

Bed Bugs

Overview: ¼ inch long bed bugs can be found everywhere especially under bed which gave them the name of bed bugs. The red brown bodies with flat and oval shape bed bugs stretch out after sucking the blood of humans.
Habitat: You can find bed bugs everywhere from beds, mattresses, purse and picture frames. Whether it is school, hotel or car, bed bugs are everywhere.
Threats: Bed bugs biting cause itchy welts and allergic reaction because of their saliva which as numbing agent.
Prevention Tip: Examining the furniture before buying is very important. You can spot reddish brown fecal spot to determine whether bed bugs are there or not.


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