It’s happened to the best of us: you’re face to tiny face with a creepy crawly critter. Your first instinct is to run the other way, because you don’t know if it’s just lost, or out for blood. Lucky for you, GreenStar Pest Control is answering one of the most common questions across all species of pests: “Is that thing going to bite me?”
Yes, but the reasoning behind the bite depends on the species. Sugar ants will sometimes defend themselves with a bite, but it is not at all painful. Carpenter ants on the other hand, are capable of quite painful bites when they are feeling threatened. A fire ant only bites in order to get a good grip on its victim before stinging it.
Yes. Bed bugs will make themselves nice and cozy in your sleeping quarters, and feed on you while you try to get some peaceful rest. During feeding, their bodies turn from appearing small and brown, to looking red and swollen. Most bed bug bites are initially painless, but can quickly develop into itchy welts typically found on the shoulders, arms, and neck.
No, but of course they sting. Only female bees have the ability to sting, no matter the species. Bumblebees are not typically aggressive, and they will actually warn you when they are feeling threatened. In fact, a bumblebee presents three forms of “warning” before she will sting. If she does get riled up enough to want to sting, she is capable of doing it more than once. While honeybees sting as well, they are also capable of delivering a bite, but only when the prey that it is after is too small to be stung. When a honeybee stings a human, her stinger gets stuck, and consequently she will die. Queen honeybees can sting as well, and like bumblebees, they are able to sting more than once.
Unlikely. Cockroaches are almost never aggressive enough to want to go after a human. Even if they were, it would only be during a food shortage, and they would first go towards more sedentary people. Studies have shown that cockroach bites can be up to five times stronger than a human bite, and can cause lesions, irritation, and swelling. While you should be safe from bites around these critters, it is still best to err on the side of caution.
Unlikely. Crickets will only attempt a bite if they feel threatened. More often than not, their jaws are not even strong enough to pierce human skin. However, if they do deliver a successful bite, it can be painful and come with disease.
Yes. Fleas prefer to munch on our furry companions, but will sometimes go after human legs and feet as well. Flea bites look like red dots, with a red ring around them.
Yes, but it is actually more of a “stick” than a bite. Female mosquitoes insert their proboscis, which is kind of like a straw, into your skin to search for blood. Your body fights against the mosquito saliva which has found its way under your skin, which causes the bump and itchy sensation you will feel.
Unlikely. Like many other pests, spiders will only deliver a bite when they feel threatened. There are close to 40,000 species of spiders in the world, and only two of those species live in the United States and are capable of seriously harming humans. That means that there are about 2,998 other species that will typically not cause any harm at all. In fact, most species in this area have fangs that are too small to even pierce human skin.
Unlikely. Stink bugs also fall under the “only bites when threatened” category.
Unlikely. While termites can really do some damage to your home, it is highly unlikely that they would ever come after you. They also only attempt bites in threatening situations.
Yes. Ticks like to cozy up in a nice warm area on your body, such as your groin, armpit, or hair. A tick can stay attached for several days, or even weeks if it goes unnoticed. It will stay in the same place the whole time and slowly grow as it takes blood in, usually never growing larger than the size of a marble. For the most part, tick bites are harmless, unless you are allergic to the bite, or the tick was carrying a disease.
No, but they can sting. They are actually capable of biting as well, but only do this to smaller prey. Only female wasps sting, and they are capable of doing so more than once. Like many of their friends on this list, wasps typically only sting when they feel threatened. They can be very protective of their nests, so it is best to steer clear if you come across one.
Whether it’s flying or crawling or hidden between the sheets, no one wants to deal with any of these pests in their home. Be sure to contact the experts here at GreenStar Pest at the first sign of any infestation. We’ll be ready to stop the problem in its tracks.