Spider vs Bedbug Bites
Spider vs Bedbug Bites. Most people have been bitten by bugs or insects at one point, whether at home or even out in the wild. Nevertheless, these bites usually go unnoticed, or sometimes they may be noticed a little too late even to determine what, when, and where they occurred in the first place. Further complicating the matter are the many varieties of bugs and even insects that exhibit nearly similar bite patterns and marks, making it difficult to know exactly the cause of the bite marks. For instance, a bed bug bite and a spider’s bite may often share several similarities, like causing redness, itching, and swelling. However, they are usually different, with significantly varying traits as elaborated within this article.
Comparing the spider’s and a bed bug’s bite often requires addressing specific collective topics that bring about clarity from the two bite categories. These include;
Common Bite Periods
Cases of spider bites are often very rare and exclusive since it is usually a stimuli response to threats. As such, spiders only bite people in self-defense if they feel threatened. This can always happen at any time of the day, however, often more prevalent during the daytime as more people get to interact with the spiders.
On the other hand, bed bugs are popular for only biting individuals at night, with limited cases of daytime biting ever reported, and these have only been attributed to bedbug infestation within a homestead. As such, the spiders prevalently bite during the day while bed bugs at night.
These two animals often bite people for two different reasons. Bed bugs bite people for the sole purpose of feeding on their blood. Thus, night times are conducive as there are minimal disruptions to feeding by people. On the other hand, Spiders bite people as a self-defense mechanism when they feel threatened.
Spiders often bite by injecting venom, whereas bed bugs suck blood and these varied biting mechanisms result in different bite marks in each case. A bed bug bite mark is usually just a small red dot on the skin, while a spider bite will have fang marks creating a scaring on top of the red dot. This makes a close examination of the two bite marks quite different.
Bite Mark Size
This also often varies between the animals. For instance, due to the fairly common size of bed bugs and limited species affecting homes, their bite sizes are usually small and nearly standard, never swelling past the size of a pimple after the body’s immune reaction.
On the other hand, spiders have several species with varying degrees of venom concentration and amounts and thus varying subsequent body reactions. As such, spider bites may often get even as big as a knuckle depending on the body’s reaction.
Bed bug bites and spider bites always vary in bite patterns. For instance, bed bug bites usually appear in clusters (when a number of them feed on you simultaneously) or in a straight line (for the case of a single bed bug moving along a path). This essentially creates a cluster of red spots in one area of the body or a linear arrangement of red spots.
Spider bites being uncommon and often only in self-defense; they are always random and singular. As such, there may only be a single red spot even on the entire body.
Spider venom may often be non-lethal to human beings, but it can incapacitate and even kill other animals. As such, the spider bites may potentially cause serious harm to associated individuals. For instance, spider bites usually result in tissue inflammation with the level of tissue damage determined by venom concentration. Other symptoms of a potent spider bite include feeling dizzy, pain, vomiting, sweating, and muscle rigidity. Some cases often warrant immediate medical care to prevent permanent damages like tissue necrosis.
Nonetheless, bedbug bites are usually harmless as they only secret analgesic saliva during their feeding, which is not a potent venom. As such, only slight inflammations at the bite sites are always witnessed in the form of small red spots, but no significant symptoms are registered.
Bite Infection Frequency
Spider bite marks are usually prone to easy infections, especially those from big spiders or those carrying potent venoms. This is because big spider fangs always leave massive tissue exposed, and this could be an entryway for bacteria and viruses, among other disease-causing germs.
Subsequently, depending on potency, the venom may also destroy healthy living tissue upon injection into the body. This also opens and exposes the wound, making it vulnerable to easy infection. As such, many spider bites may result in an even worse swelling if not properly managed by dressing and antibacterials.
On the other hand, bed bug bites are always highly unlikely to become infected given the limited entry gap. However, if these bed bug bite marks are exposed by scratching due to itches, the probability of infection may increase but is still limited.
Spider bites are usually more painful compared to bed bug bites. This is because of the venom and potential of infection, given that a spider bite can often swell up to frightening sizes after infection. However, bed bug bites are often only itchy but less painful unless scratched or poked roughly. As such, if you feel a lot of pain from a bug bite, the probability is that it is more likely to be a spider bite.
Understanding some of these traits would immensely assist in determining the exact cause of a bug/insect bite. This is often important since it facilitates the bitten victim’s proper care/management approach. As such, preventing further complications of the situation. Subsequently, you may also search for clues of these animals within your living space, such as bed bug shells and feces, which surely further clarifies the cause of a specific bug/insect bite despite varying resemblances.