• Thu, Aug 21 2008

So What’s Bugging Biting You?

Some news reports tell us that ‘bed bugs are back’ and they are invading our hotels and our homes.

Others warn us about outbreaks of Lyme and West Nile disease.

But could you recognize what is actually biting you? Could you tell a bed bug from a black-legged or deer tick, a black widow from a brown recluse, or a head lice from a flea?

And would you recognize the bite?

WebMD has put together a very graphic and creepy slideshow that features all the bugs and bug bites that you could run across. And alongside all the slides is information on the bug, the bite, and what to do about it all…

By the way, did you know that there is actually a poisonous caterpillar lurking in the Southern states, feeding off shade trees such as the elm, the oak, and the sycamore. It’s called the Puss Caterpillar and it’s poison hids amongst the hairs. So beware!!!

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  • http://www.ideasforwomen.com/news/ Trisha

    It was gross – but useful. I worry now and then about the bed bugs because I’ve heard of how you can bring them home from hotels. Now I know what they look like!

  • http://www.onecrumb.com/ Yongho Shin

    I got a mosquito bite just yesterday. Urgh at least it’s better than in the pictures I just saw!

  • Liz

    Trish,

    Gross – that’s just the word to describe all those creeepy (but also beautiful) photographs. Least I know what to avoid now….

    And you’re right, it’s good to know that the dreaded bed bug actually looks like.

  • Liz

    Yongho Shin,

    Sorry to hear you got bit. Glad to hear it doesn’t look anything like the photos….

  • http://alifelesssweet.blogspot.com/ cathy

    Oh, very interesting! I don’t have the stomach to watch the slideshow right now but definitely plan to watch it.