Biting or Stinging Insects in the UK and How to Prevent a Bite or a Sting

Around the UK there are different types of insects. Some of them can be seen during the day, outside your house and others inside it. Most of them share similar characteristics and some are way different from others; however, they share an important thing: most of them bite.

Being bitten by an insect is not pretty. Regularly, bites are not as dangerous as we think they are, but they are quite painful depending on the insect that gives you one. We’re going to talk about all the insects that are found in the UK which can give you an unpleasant surprise with their bites and learn how to prevent them.

Biting insects

There are several insects that sting or bite in the UK. We’ll mention the most common ones.

Ants

Ants are everywhere. You can find them inside your house, in your backyard or garden in big colonies looking out for food. Most ants don’t bite, as they’re just trying to forage, but some of them like fire ants do bite, and it is quite painful; however, these are small insects, and they don’t have strong toxins, so it is not as though your skin will fall, it is more of an itching or burning sensation in the area that surrounds the bite.

Fleas

Parasitic insects that seem very common in the UK are fleas. They jump very high and can jump their way into their host. They tend to look for animals as their main source of food; however, they sometimes can use humans in their search for an appropriate host.

You might feel a bit of itching, blister, or a rash in the area where you were bitten. Specially since they like to bite in clusters of three, so they might be together. If you’ve seen that your pet has fleas, then make sure to check up on your legs, ankles, or feet to see whether you’ve been bitten.

Bed bugs

These insects live in the darkest places around your house and near your bed. They can go from host to host like fleas, and they live off your blood. They’re parasites and like to bite their prey at night when they’re sleeping. It is quite common to find blood stains near places they have fed.

They do not have a particular pattern of biting, they generally do it in zigzag or scattered around. You will feel itchiness and discomfort in the areas where you have been bitten, the most common areas where you can find bites are arms, legs, neck, and face.

Ticks

Sometimes they might be found in pets as they live off blood, but that doesn’t stop them from biting you. They’re small, and they will crawl over your skin until they find the perfect place to bite you. These insects are very dangerous as they’re capable of transmitting diseases like Lyme disease which it turns out to be serious. Their bites aren’t as dangerous, you will have a rash, itchiness, and pain in the area where you were bitten.

Horseflies

A horsefly is not as common as a normal fly; however, they have a very painful bite that feels as though you are being ripped by their mandibles. They can’t transmit diseases though, so you don’t have to worry about that. You will feel discomfort and the area where you were bitten will be swollen and red.

Mosquitoes

One of the insects that kills more people around the world is the mosquito. This insect can fly and will bite you to get your blood as their meal. They’re visible to the naked eye and if you are in a place where there are a lot of them around you, be careful. They can transmit malaria, which is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world and can lead to death, among others, of course. Furthermore, they’re common all over the world, and their bite is very noticeable, as you might have a lump and redness around the area where you were bitten.

Wasps

Wasps do not bite but they sting. These animals are common around summertime so getting stung isn’t very rare. When they sting, you’ll start feeling a sharp pain in the area, it might be harsh at the beginning, but it will come down as time goes by. It is crucial to know if you’ve been stung as many people are allergic to wasps and can get a serious reaction from it.

Bees

These insects are like wasps. They leave their sting once they’re done with it and proceed to die. If a person that is allergic to these insects gets stung, it might cause a very harsh reaction and that person is in serious peril. Also, each time you get stung, symptoms will change and become worse. Symptoms go from having a rash, pain, swelling around the area and redness.

How to prevent a bite or a sting

First, most of them are flying insects so having nets in your window panels, so they can’t enter your property or any rooms. Another thing you can do is to cover your legs with long sleeved trousers, so you can avoid fleas and ticks, high boots are also recommended.

If you are outside and see a bee or a wasp, try to stay calm and not move or try to kill them because they might get angry. Of course, it is necessary to get help if you’ve been stung. Also, if you wear strong scented perfumes, body lotions, deodorants, or any other products for your skin, this might attract insects so try to hide it as much as possible.

Plants in your garden may attract insects so be careful when you’re manipulating them and try to remove rubbish and water from your premises, this can stop them from coming near your home.

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