What Bit Me?

What Insects are Abundant During November and December This Year?

Household Insects are the most abundant and common during the November and December every year, and below are examples of the seasonal insects that appear from the beginning of November to the end of December this year and every year during this period.

  1. Indianmeal moth:
indian-meal-moth phases
indian-meal-moth phases

Also spelled as Indian meal moth and Indian-meal moth, is a pyraloid moth of the family Pyralidae., Adults are most commonly observed flying about homes during early winter. The larvae are the most common stored-food pests in homes and grocery stores, but they don’t bite. Vacuum the area, then clean with a vinegar-and-water solution.

  1. Fungus gnats:

From families Mycetophilidae and Sciaridae. They love places where humidity and moisture are high. Adults begin to be observed around windows and around the soil of potted plants where they originate. They are a common pest of indoor-plants, but do fungus gnats bite?. Infested-plants suffers from sudden wilting, loss of vigor, poor growth, and yellowing. Best solutions are Indoor Plug-In Zapper and apple-cider-vinegar trap or similar traps. Look what do gnats like?

  1. Boxelder bugs, conifer seed bugs, multicolored Asian lady beetles:
conifer seed bugs

Overwintering adults continue to be active in and around homes during warm days.

Boxelder bugs feces can stain light-colored surfaces but don’t bite or eat plants, however, their dead bodies may attract other bad insects that feed on them, Pouring boiling water on Boxelder bugs to kill them easily.

Multicolored Asian lady beetles: They are pests of tree’s aphids, some of them can accidently bite like horse-flies an open-skin bites, may stain surfaces, and touching dead beetles can cause allergic reactions like mosquito allergy

Conifer seed bugs and other sluggish, slow moving bugs: You can get rid of them by simply vacuum cleaner and spraying the outside south and west facing walls of homes with a long lasting insecticide.

  1. Fruit flies:

Flies from overripe fruit continue to be present in homes from last months. They attracted to moist, fermenting fruits and vegetables, they also drawn to food waste places such as drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash bags, cleaning rags and mops, unless you cut-off the sources of fruit flies food they won’t just go away on its own.

Very painful and rock hard under skin, no itch, but there is a small hole 1mm diameter, Could it be a spider bite?


Any help on what bit me?

Very painful and rock hard under skin. No itch, but there is a small hole maybe 1mm diameter.

You can’t see so well in the photos but there is a lighter red shaded area radiating outwards in addition to the inner wound. I already have a knat bite that is the usual itchy bump elsewhere, so can rule that out, and I’ve been bitten by a few different insects before but this one is new to me in my 38yrs.

Could it be a spider bite?

It appeared after an outdoor cinema night. There was a river nearby and a grass area to sit. Trees etc being a public park.

Definitely only one hole I can see. It’s still as it was last night, very painful, hard and swollen.

No headache, temperature or rash. Pretty sure it’s only one hole.

I’ve been stung by both bees and wasps in the past and this bite doesn’t feel the same. They sting and burn but this bite pain is like a very tender bruise, some heat on touching the area.
The beetle I hadn’t considered actually and forgot that they bite too. There were trees at this park too and here we do get tree beetles.


Suspected creatures are:

  1. Small spiders can leave such bites but with fever and other infection-related symptoms which aren’t exist here.
  2. Beetles: it’s not common for beetles to bite humans, however some species feed on crops and gardens which comes in contact with humans and may bite them, for example; blister beetles, stag beetles and Longhorned beetles. So that it’s expected but excluded because you haven’t got blisters at the site of biting.
  3. Wasps: you have a large reddish halo (severe allergic reaction) around the hard swollen skin and only one hole left after biting, no stinger left, so it is likely to be a wasp sting.
  4. Bees: if you find the stinger left behind on the skin, then it was from a bee sting.
  5. Although you’re located in an area (Bury St Edmunds, England, UK) that is near notorious location of ‘False Widow’ Spiders that is common here (not Black Widow) which is related to the black widow but nowhere near as poisonous. It’s not Black Widow Spider Bite and not from False widow spiders as well because it’s only one hole not two and there’re no other serious complications that accompany that type of spiders.

Do you know what bit me such a bump?


It doesn’t has any pain, but it feels like there is a bump when touching it.

A lump not change in size

Do you know what bit me such a bump?


  1. Lumps due to local infections can lead to boils or abscesses, which aren’t appear in the image.
  2. Redness around the bump is localized and small but intensive which means you’ve scratched a lot and not from the bite itself.
  3. No definite center of the bite, no large biting area, no swollen edges, which exclude mosquito bites and fleas bites as well.


It can be due to local allergic reaction due to rash or any benign reason, or may be an ant.


local anti-histamines injection or pills.


A rash is an area of ​​the skin that is inflamed and irritated. Most people are exposed to a rash at some point in their lives. In most cases, the rash is not life-threatening, but rather a transient condition.

In rare cases, a rash can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. Even rashes in children are very common, and most rashes are not of health importance.

When should a doctor be consulted?

There are cases in which you should go to consult a doctor:

  1. If the rash does not respond to home remedies.
  2. When the rash spreads to large parts of the body and appears in areas such as the groin, eyes, and feet.
  3. When the child suffers from an urgent and constant urge to scratch.
  4. When signs of a local infection appear, including redness, swelling, pain when touching the area, and local heat.
  5. If you know that the cause of the rash is taking a new drug or being bitten by animals.
  6. When one of these symptoms appears: fever, difficulty breathing or wheezing when breathing.

Rash symptoms

The rash can appear anywhere on the body. The rash may be localized or spread throughout the body, as a rash that is widespread throughout the body is often the result of a viral infection or an allergic reaction.

The main symptoms of rashes

The area of ​​the rash is usually warm and sensitive, and symptoms include:

  1. redness.
  2. desire to scratch
  3. Specific swelling and characteristic skin lesions.
  4. Cracks in the skin
  5. skin dryness
  6. Various cutaneous lesions of the skin.
  7. The appearance of crusts in the area of ​​the rash
  8. swollen skin
  9. local temperature
  10. Fluid secretion in the area of ​​the rash

Symptoms of a rash that indicate a medical condition

Additional signs of important medical conditions include:

  1. Excessive sensitivity to touch the affected area.
  2. Noticeable swelling.
  3. fever ;
  4. Arthritis.
  5. shortness of breath.
  6. Pain or a feeling of choking in the throat.
  7. Red streaks spread from the rash area.

Causes and risk factors for rashes

If a relative of the patient suffers from allergies or asthma, this makes the patient more likely to develop a rash. In addition, people who spend a lot of time outdoors in nature are more likely to develop a rash as a result of exposure to irritating plants such as nettle or insect stings.

Common causes of rashes

Common causes of a rash include:

  1. Allergic reaction due to an allergy to animals, an allergy to a variety of medicines, or an allergy to food.
  2. bacterial infection
  3. Side effects of various medications.
  4. Excessive abrasion of the skin as a result of strenuous activity while wearing ill-fitting clothing.
  5. fungal infection;
  6. Parasitic infections such as scabies .
  7. Insect sting.
  8. Constant exposure to heat, moisture, and irritants such as diaper rash.

Diseases that cause rashes

Among the diseases that can cause the appearance of a rash:

  1. Acne: It often appears on the face, neck and back.
  2. Lupus erythematosus: a butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and upper nose .
  3. Lyme disease: It is a disease with a characteristic rash, circular in shape, similar to a disc on the target.
  4. Psoriasis: is the infection of certain areas with clear borders covered by scales called plaques.

Skin rash complications

A rash that is not treated may cause the following:

It creates a suitable environment for viral and bacterial infection
It causes open sores that may become infected.

Diagnosis of the rash

The rash may be diagnosed by:

  1. Do a blood test .
  2. A biopsy of the rash was taken and analyzed.
  3. Ask the patient if he is allergic to a particular drug or food.
  4. Examine the shape and appearance of the rash and ask about symptoms associated with it.

Skin rash treatment

The treatment of rashes is adapted to the type of rash and the diagnosis reached. The treatment is carried out as follows:

  1. The rash caused by a viral infection is transient in that it resolves on its own within a few days or weeks without requiring drug therapy.
  2. Anti-itch medicines and aloe vera ointments can be used to relieve itching.
  3. In cases of rash worsened by exposure to cold and dry air, moisturizing creams can be used, and sometimes medical ointments containing steroids should be used.
  4. Addresses the rash caused by inflammation by ointments antibiotics or taking antibiotics by mouth or by anti-fungal.
    If topical ointments fail to treat the rash, a steroid pill is sometimes needed, which can relieve symptoms more effectively.

Prevention of rashes

In order to prevent simple rashes, the following should be followed:

  1. Keeping hands and nails clean.
  2. Avoid exposure to irritants.
  3. Use of safe products that do not cause allergies .
  4. Reducing the phenomenon of itching to prevent secondary infection in the affected area.

What bit me multiple bites in South Texas, chigger mites or fire ants?


Woke up with these 9-10 bites on my left foot this morning… I’m guessing chiggers or fire ants… anyone else?


By analyzing these images, we can find:

  1. multiple bites at the same leg not single
  2. raised bumps and not flat
  3. welts formed and filled with pus
  4. sprinkled blisters not on the same line

Fire ants leave bites that is hive-like lesions with central pustule formation during 24 hours, and the fire ant bite size is smaller than chigger’s bite size.

Fire ants may bite one single bite at specific site especially extremities, but the chiggers cause several stings at once in different locations on skin either as multiple bites in one line or sprinkled bites.

Also, mosquito bite swelling isn’t like what seen in the pics.

And based on the aforementioned scientific and practical observations, it can be assumed that the culprit of these bites is the chiggers.

However, fire ant bites are very close in their appearance to those of chiggers and shouldn’t excluded from your search, also some skin conditions can be a reasonable cause.

Possible medicines that can help relieve the discomfort:

  1. Cold packs,
  2. pain relievers,
  3. and antihistamines

What bit me this reddish pimple-like bite?


Something hit me yesterday, anyone know what?

hot hit with swollen surrounding


Firstly lets identify what appear in the image

  1. single reddish swollen pimple-like bump.
  2. the finger’s skin appears raised and reddish more than the next finger in the same hand.
  3. center of the bump is not sharp and no needle puncture in the middle as seen in mosquito bites bruises.
  4. abscess or pustule manifestation is what can be noticed, I mean raised bump with rises edges and swollen surrounding


  1. Something hit the finger at that site that can cause such a pimple-like appearance, especially when we can’t notice aspects of insect bites.
  2. Wasp bites can do bite like that as well, but the probability is less.

Treatment recommended

Can be topical ointment with antipyretic antibiotic if you feed feverish, if there are serious complication please seek nearest health care center.

What bit me in Maryland looks like a huge hollow-middle pimple?


Woke up with pain on my back. Husband took a picture. He says it looks like a huge pimple, but the middle is hollow and red. Anyone know what bit me in Maryland?

What bit me in Maryland looks like a huge hollow-middle pimple


Lets describe the bite appearance as seen in the image:

  1. the puncture is single, big and has no definite edges as known spider or tick bites
  2. looks deeper and wider than most common insect bites
  3. it’s similar to pustules especially on the back.


  1. abscess that grown and squashed somewhat then left that manifestation, tell your husband to touch it carefully with a sterile cotton or some kind of a plastic tool if inflammatory liquor identified, then it certainly a pustule, treatment can be a proper antiseptic.
  2. Spider bite or another insect bite that developed into abscess, also antiseptics can resolve it but with proper identification as said.

What bit me so itchy and urge to scratch


Any ideas? (It was itchy and so it was scratched, yesterday.)


We can describe the bite from pictures as you didn’t provide any information.

  1. single bite
  2. small bite
  3. scratched until it made like a wound or puncture.
  4. has a large reddish area around it

So that we can suggest a mosquito or an ant that can make small single bite at one site and leave reddish so itchy bitten area. read about allergic reaction after mosquito bites

However some skin conditions can cause bite-like marks on the skin and induce scratching.

What bit me hard like a knot under it?

From the questions on the group


I don’t have a clue what bit me. I found this on my leg 2 nights ago. It itches a little but its hard like a knot under it. Today its a little more painful than yesterday. Any ideas?


I can conclude your complain in few lines:

You feel a tangled mass inside skin next day of the bite.

The itchiness and pain felt are of a little degree.

You have got only one single bite at a site of your skin.

The images show opening in the skin.

And therefore I can suggest:

Mosquito bite can be single and could be ignored until next night, and may be a boil formed, grown then gone that left such a wound in the site of the bite.

Spiders usually leave singular wound-like bite that has delayed allergic reaction which you may not notice pain and itching at the time of being bit.

Ants of some species can leave such wound-like single bites but they sting like a

Causes of Puffy Eyes in Children Other Than Bug Bites

At some point you find your child awake from his sleep with swollen eyes, sometimes the swelling or puffiness is in one eye, and sometimes in both eyes, some swelling is simple that can be dealt with at home, and some of it requires resorting to the hospital immediately, so that we write here about the causes of the morning swelling of the eyes in children, when do you need to go to the doctor immediately, and when is home treatment simple and effective.

Symptoms of puffy eyes in children

First to know if that signs are just a puffy eye or another problem with your baby’s eyes:

  1. Swelling of the eyelid or the area around the eye.
  2. There is no extreme redness of the white of the eye.
  3. There is no yellow or green eye discharge.

Degrees of eye puffiness in children

There are three degrees of puffy eyes:

  1. Slight swelling: The eye is swollen, but it can be opened in a normal way.
  2. Moderate swelling: The eye is more swollen , and the child can see when opened, but it is open to a lesser extent.
  3. Severe swelling: It occurs when there are serious eye problems, the eyelids swell, and the child cannot open his eyes from the ground up, so the eyelid swelling covers the eye completely.

Causes of puffy eyes in children

Causes of swelling of one eye in a child

  • Eye rubbing: Sometimes a child rubs his eyes vigorously and his hands are dirty, which causes inflammation in the eyes, and therefore causes temporary swelling.
  • Insect bite : You cannot completely get rid of flying insects, and you do not always notice them, as it may be just a mosquito that bites your child and swollen his eyelid.
  • Wound near the eye: A wound in the area around the eye can lead to swelling of the eye itself.
  • Dacryocystitis: When the lacrimal sac at the edge of the eye is inflamed, it causes one eye to swell in the child.
  • The presence of an infection in the eyelashes due to the presence of bacteria in them.
  • The presence of an infection in the eyelid due to the presence of bacteria in it.
  • Contact dermatitis near the eyes.

Causes of swelling of both eyes in a child

  1. Allergic conjunctivitis.
  2. Viral conjunctivitis, which appears with eye puffiness, redness of the white of the eye.
  3. Bacterial conjunctivitis, which appears with eye swelling, some secretions or yellow pus, in one eye or in both eyes.
  4. Sudden hypersensitivity, which may result from eating an allergen food, taking medicine, or even being exposed to a spring pollen if your child suffers from eye allergies in the spring .
  5. Excess water retention (ascites)

Treating puffy eyes in children

In simple cases, eye swelling can be treated at home with some first aid, namely:

  • Wash the face and eyes well without rubbing with lukewarm water, and the eyes and eyelashes should be washed well with water, as there may be something stuck with them that causes the eye to become irritated and swollen.
  • Using cold compress on the eyes, they relieve the itching sensation that sometimes accompanies swelling, and they also calm the eyes and reduce their puffiness.
  • Use anti-allergic eye drops, and ask the doctor or pharmacist about the appropriate drops for your child, as simple swelling can be treated by these drops in a short time.

If the eye swelling in children has secretions in the eye or intense redness in the white of the eye, refer to the doctor to refer you to the appropriate treatment, and some of the cases that we mentioned above (such as viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, or dacryocystitis) need to refer to the doctor To prescribe the appropriate treatment for the case.

10 Causes of Swollen Eyelids Other Than Insect Bites

What are the other causes of swollen eyelids other than mosquito bites or other insect bites?

Eyelid swelling occurs as a result of exposure to an irritation due to a microbe; due to a sting; or after accumulation of too much fluid in the eyelid.

There may be swelling of the eyelids or one of them, and it may be accompanied by a feeling of pain in some cases while it is not painful in other cases, and itching may also be raised in it in some cases.

Eyelid swelling has several causes, the severity of which ranges from mild to serious, and the most important of these reasons are the following:

  1. Having an allergy

just as it may affect any part of the body, the allergy may affect the eye as well. And it occurs when the immune system in the body reacts excessively against any foreign body, and these external bodies may be either dirt, eye drops, contact lenses, traces of pets, or the insect saliva after biting. When the eye is exposed to one of these external bodies, the immune system secretes a chemical called histamine, in an attempt to protect the eye.

And histamine affects the blood vessels, causing them to expand and swell, and it causes itching in the mucous membranes, and it also works on causing redness and increased tears in the eyes.

The most common eye allergy symptoms include:
Red, swollen or itchy eyes; burning or tearing of the eyes; and sensitivity to light.

  1. Conjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is a thin mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white of the eye (or what is called the sclera). The conjunctiva may become inflamed as a result of either an allergy or a bacterial or viral infection.

The conjunctivitis is called pink eye as well, and it is usually accompanied by swelling of the eyelid, in addition to itching, redness, and increased tears.

  1. Suffering from eye Meibomianitis

It usually appears as swelling and redness on the edge of the eyelid, and results from a bacterial infection that leads to irritation of the Meibomian gland, which is one of the sebaceous glands in the eyelid, and eyelid swelling in this case results from blockage of the ducts of these glands.

Eye Meibomianitis may cause swelling of the entire eyelid, and it may cause severe pain when touched.

  1. Cold infection

It is a sebaceous cyst that appears on the eyelid as a result of blockage of the Meibomian gland as well. The eye beggar may resemble the cold infection in its appearance at first, but it differs from it in several things, as the cold turns later into a solid sebaceous cyst, and often resorts to appearing away from the edge of the eyelid, unlike the eye beggar who appears near it.

The two are similar in that both cause the eyelid to swell, and also make the affected area painful to touch.

  1. Eyelid swelling may occur to people who wear contact lenses

If the lenses are dirty, or stored in an unclean case, or if the patient swims while wearing them, as this may cause eyelid irritation or inflammation. Wearing broken or damaged contact lenses may also cause eyelid swelling.

  1. Suffering from blepharitis

This inflammation is characterized by eyelid swelling in addition to the feeling of pain in it, and it may be accompanied by peeling of the skin in this area, and the patient may suffer from eyelashes loss as well.

This inflammation results from an imbalance in the glands fatty acids found in the eyelid, usually a chronic condition, which means that this condition will persist with the patient throughout his life and there is no cure final to her, but it is possible to control the symptoms by taking medicine appropriate, and by following good health habits.

It may also be associated with suffering from a bacterial infection.

  1. Infection with periocular dermatitis

Also known as periorbital dermatitis, It is a serious bacterial infection that affects the tissues around the eye, which causes redness, swelling and pain of the upper and lower eyelids, and symptoms may extend to include the eyebrow or cheek, and it may also be accompanied by the emergence of other symptoms, such as protruding eyes, poor vision, or a high body temperature or, the feeling of pain in the eye itself when moving it.

Although this infection is rare, it is considered an emergency situation that usually requires treatment with intravenous antibiotics, in order to prevent complications. Such as damage to the optic nerve, or permanent blindness, among others.

  1. Suffering from a herpes virus infection

The symptoms of this infection may be similar to the symptoms of conjunctivitis, and it may cause painful sores on the eyelid, in addition to blurring the vision resulting from corneal irritation and swelling of the eyelid. The severity of the inflammation ranges from mild to severe, and it may cause serious damage to the eye, and then the cornea needs to be replaced.

  1. Graves’ disease

It is a disease caused by excessive secretion of the hormone thyroxine from the thyroid gland , and it causes swelling of the eyelids, protruding eyes, as well as double vision and drooping eyelid.

  1. Nephrotic syndrome

It is a group of diseases that affect the kidneys, and cause fluid retention in the body, which results in swelling of many parts of the body, including the eyelid.

Manifestations of other swollen eyelids that not due to biting insects

Eyelid swelling treatment

There is no specific treatment for eyelid swelling , as treatment varies according to the underlying cause. Doctors usually recommend using warm water pads on the affected eye in an attempt to reduce the swelling and the associated pain, but this does not substitute for going to the doctor to determine the cause of the swelling and take the appropriate treatment for it.