With the warm weather, even scarier crawlers come. Watch out for these insects this summer. (Photo: Photoboyko / Getty Images)

The chirping of the crickets. The rhythmic sounds of cicadas. The sudden, intense flicker of lightning bugs. Cute red-black ladybugs appearing like bright ornaments on green leaves. Summer Magic!

And then there's the rest of the critters out there. The ones who bite and dig and sting. These uninvited guests at picnics, on the beach, in the woods or even in the backyard or on the porch make you want to go inside. Insects.

Summer heat and humidity create an ideal environment for seasonal insects, and it's likely that we'll encounter them if we spend more time outdoors and long nights on warm days. Our shorts, sleeveless outfits and strappy sandals release a lot of skin where insects can frolic.

Tempo reviewed 24/7 sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization Bring a list of mistakes you might encounter this summer, and what is likely to happen if they come too close and too personal. I do not know how to protect my body. Look at the biggest health mistakes people make in the summer.

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For the most part, an itchy, red bump is the only effect that you notice in a mosquito bite. However, there is a long list of mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile, Zika, Malaria and Dengue fever. The bumps of a mosquito bite are actually a minor allergic reaction that most, but not all, people have on mosquito repellents. Some people react more severely, from mild (red welts) to severe (hives and fever) to severe (anaphylaxis).


Lyme disease is most commonly observed in terms of transmission of ticks diseases, but ticks across the country can transmit and spread several other diseases. The pathogens transmitted by the black-legged tick only include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia mayonii, Powassan's disease, and more. The Tick Act, a law currently being passed in Congress, could help stop the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by funding regional centers fighting vector-borne diseases and CDC grants to develop a public health infrastructure to ward off the diseases. [19659013] Katerraupe

The Katerraupe may look as soft and caressable as the name implies, but keep your hands off! The long, silky-looking hair of this insect is actually poisonous and can be embedded into the skin by simply brushing or pressing it. The effects of contact with this insect, also known as Asp caterpillar, do not last long, but they are not fun. Pain, burning and rash are the most common. Swelling, breathing problems, nausea and headache are also possible.

Caterpillar with a striking appearance

Caterpillar caterpillar has four venomous protruding spines or horns. These spines can literally get under the skin. Once embedded, the spines release their venom and cause a strong burning sensation. Other possible symptoms include stomach problems, migraines and anaphylactic shock.


Bee stings are not fun, but most people can shake off the swelling with only minor discomfort, including pain, redness and a little bit of it. But for the estimated 5% of the population with insect sting allergies or for anyone who has stung more than a dozen times, the use is higher and may be life threatening. Hives, swollen throat and tongue, respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness and fainting may all be symptoms. In rare cases, bee stings can be deadly.

Wasps, hornets, yellow jackets

Their stings and the resulting symptoms are very similar to those of bees. For most people, they are not a problem except for the immediate painful lurching sensation and possibly persistent redness and swelling at the site of the sting. Hives, swollen throat and swollen tongue, respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness and fainting, and more, may be among the symptoms in 5% of the population with allergies to insect bites or people who have stung multiple times. However, bees and wasps differ in one key aspect – each bee can sting only once, but the same wasp can sting several times.


Scabies is a skin affection caused by tiny mites, and the symptoms of the condition are easily confused with eczema or dermatitis. Scabies mites dig under the skin causing bumpy, itchy patches. The bad news is that it can take up to six weeks for the mites to show signs. In contrast to diseases such as dermatitis and eczema, scabies can spread and be contagious, even during this period of rest before the onset of itching or rash.


Dangerous spiders appear in our imagination, but perhaps because we've seen them all too many movies with evil arachnids. In fact, only two – the famous black widow and the brown recluse – are likely to cause health problems with their bites, and that's not very common. Reactions to bites from black widows can involve severe pain, while brown recluse bites can lead to decaying ulcers. If the person who has been bitten has difficulty in breathing, has severe pain or abdominal cramps or if the ulcer is growing at the bite site, he or she should go to the doctor. Wolf spiders are often mistaken as a hermit, but while the wolf bite can burn a bit, it is unlikely to cause major problems.


Most flea infestations in humans are relatively harmless. The worst symptoms are generally unpleasant itching and skin irritation. But some flea problems, if not treated, can cause secondary infections, which can lead to gangrene and tetanus. Fleas transmitted diseases are extremely rare in humans.


A horsefly bite is unmistakable. For a start, the bugs are pretty big, so you'll probably see them in action. If they are not in super-stealth attack mode (like in), you may be able to put them off when they sleep. If you're not so lucky, horsefly bites are painful, but usually do not cause serious harm to humans and heal themselves in a day or two.

Deer Fly

Deer Fly has a painful bite similar to a brake. Usually that's the extent of the devastation they do. However, it is possible that an allergic reaction is triggered by the saliva of the fly. Symptoms can be hives, vomiting and respiratory distress. In rare cases, a venison bite can transmit tularemia – also known as rabbit fever or deer fly fever. Fever, wounds and swollen glands are among the symptoms. The infection can spread and affect the heart, lungs, bones and more.

Fire ants

Stabbing, itching, burning, redness and swelling are among the immediate effects of fire ant bite. Next comes blistering, sometimes followed by infection. People who are allergic to bee or wasp stings are also likely to be very responsive to fire ants, especially if several bites are affected. Sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, swelling and blurred speech are possible reactions.


Chiggers are among the most common biting mites. They do not dig under the skin, and as soon as the tiny creatures bite, they fall off. An itchy rash often occurs at the site of the bite that usually heals within a week or two.

Sand or Chigoe Fleas

Chigoe fleas – better known as sand or beach fleas – are mites that dig into the skin and cause itching and irritation. They usually attack the feet, where lesions may form and infections and abscesses may occur. Embedded sand fleas must be treated by a doctor to prevent the skin infection from transmitting Tungiasis.


Sand flies, in contrast to insect flies of the same name, can give off a painful bite that can cause a bump or blister. The winged insects, sometimes known as no-sea birds, are annoying, but the symptoms usually disappear within a few days. Infected bites can lead to an infection called leishmaniasis, which causes skin wounds. Luckily, this is pretty rare.

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