Insect bites and stings can be itchy, annoying, and sometimes deadly. It’s important to be on the lookout for insects in your home for that reason – and if you’re seeing a lot of ants, wasps, hornets or spiders, it’s time to call a pest control specialist for an inspection.

We at Antipesto Pest Control have been helping people in the Northern suburbs of Perth for over fourteen years, which is why we know the importance of responding to pests quickly – maybe even before they have a chance to bite you.

As not all bites can be harmful, we’ve written this article to help differentiate the two. We hope it helps, and if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

About stings

When an insect stings you, they puncture the sting and leave behind saliva, venom or faeces. They may also leave behind their stinger, depending on the insect. An insect sting often causes burning, redness, pain and swelling. The sting area generally clears up within 48 hours.

An insect sting may cause an allergic reaction. This often happens with bee, wasp and ant stings. 

If you have been stung by a bee, do not use tweezers to remove the remaining sting, as this will release more venom. Instead, try to remove it by scraping it from the side with a fingernail or credit card. Flicking the sting out will reduce the amount of venom it’ll leave behind.

After removing the sting, wash with soap and water and then gently dry.

About bites

When an insect bites you, they also puncture your skin. This may cause skin irritation, swelling and a bump to form where they bit. As with most stings, they clear up within 48 hours. However, some, such as fleas, may cause more intense symptoms.

Responding to insect bites

Insect bites often require a minimal response. It is advised that you wash the area with soap and water, gently dry and then apply antiseptic cream. Avoid applying pressure on the area and keep it elevated and cool.

If bitten by a wasp or hornet, wash the area with soap and water, apply a cold compress, and watch out for signs of anaphylaxis. If further symptoms develop, seek medical assistance.

Difference between insects and spiders 

Insect bites generally swell and itch, whereas spider bites are more associated with pain. Even non-deadly spider bites can cause nausea, migraines and strong stomach pain. 

Spiders can be grouped into three groups. If you are bitten by a big black spider, call 000 immediately. If you are bitten by a redback or any other spider, apply a cold compress for 15 minutes and seek medical assistance if needed. 

Act Now

If you take the right steps, you can create a bug, insect and spider-free household. With summer coming up, they’ll especially be present, so act with prevention in mind. To avoid your kids or pets being harmed, call us today on 0430099430 or contact us online.