How to Identify Insect Bites

It can be difficult to identify an insect type based on its bite or sting. Monitoring the bite site over a period of a few hours can help to discern the type of insect. Keep a close eye on swelling, redness, other skin discoloration, scabbing, and spread of infection. There are multiple web pages available with pictures of different types of bites that you can compare to your own.

Fast Facts:

  • If you are unsure of the type of insect you were bitten by, consult your physician for professional advice.
  • Bites by black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders may turn purple around the initial bite mark.
  • Development of hives, even up to a day after the bite, may indicate a bite by a fire ant.
  • Bees will most likely not fly away after stinging.