Insect Bites

FleaOuch! Have you been bitten, and are unsure what by? It’s often difficult to identify biting insects and to determine whether you’ve got a pest issue, as well as having to decide the appropriate course of action to take to resolve it.

If in doubt, call or drop us an email for expert pest control advice on how to identify insect bites and solve your problem.

The most important thing is to never allow a pest problem to spiral out of control; doing so poses grave risks to your health, property or business. It is never advisable to try to resolve the problem yourself; always contact professional pest control services.

The simplest way to distinguish causes of bites is to determine whether or not you’re being bitten outdoors or indoors. Midges and mosquitoes are the most common outdoor biters, and the best defence against these is reliable insect repellent or new midge-catching machines. Other outdoor offenders include biting stable flies, horse flies, ticks and berry bugs.

Being bitten indoors is a greater cause for concern, as this implies insects are actually dwelling in your property, with the most common perpetrators being bedbugs, fleas and bird mites.

Bed Bugs
Bed BugBedbugs are blood sucking parasites that primarily feed from people, though they’re not averse to biting animals too. They shelter in cracks and crevices in furniture, beds, mattresses, luggage – anywhere within a close vicinity to humans, and consequently blood. Tell-tale signs of these creatures are waking up to bites on any part of the body, and dark blood spots on bedding. To identify with the naked eye, they resemble apple pips in adulthood, and are paler when they are younger. We carried out bedbug control recently for a customer who had unexplainable bites on their leg; our professional pest identification sourced the problem. A concerned hotelier who expected to require bedbug control in Manchester was relieved to be given the all clear by our bedbug surveyor.

Fleas
There are several types of flea; bird, cat, dog, rabbit, human and the tropical rat flea, of which the cat flea is the commonest in the Manchester area. Fleas are not picky, however, and have no scruples about biting us when they are hungry for blood. Their favourite place to bite tends to be the legs or ankles, but they will aim for other parts of the body if needs be. For fleas to reside, there will have been animals in the building or nearby. Fleas are dark, and visible to the naked eye, so you may witness them jumping in carpets, or even on an animal’s coat. We used flea control in Manchester for a family who’d just moved into a new property; they had no pets, so didn’t believe they had a flea problem until they sought professional pest control advice.

Bird Mites
These tiny creatures, which are not actually insects due to the fact that they possess 6 legs rather than 8, are pale coloured when they are hungry, but turn dark red upon a fill of blood. They sometimes stem from nearby nests and pest birds, and poultry farms are consequently often susceptible to them.

Remember that professional pest control is always the solution to biting insects; never attempt to tackle them yourself!