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Since summer has finally arrived many people will be spending a lot more time outside. This means that every type of bug that you can imagine will also be out and about. If you happen to be the outdoors-type, then you may believe that sustaining bug bites or stings are impossible to avoid during the summer. While you may sustain a few bug bites this year, it important to know what to do next, especially if you don’t know which type of bug bit you.

Since most spiders possess fangs, it is naturally rather painful to sustain a bite from a spider. If you have sustained a bite from a spider, then hopefully you will be able to identify it as well. Black widow spiders are commonly found in desert regions within the US. Black widow spiders are spotted quite often during the warmer months. These spiders prefer to hide out in shaded regions. Black widows are often found underneath garden hoses, doghouses and lawn chairs. Bites from female black widows (the ones with the red hourglass on their abdomens) are known to be quite painful. If you should sustain what you think is a bug bite, then visit your doctor, and if your wound is growing, then you may have an infection and should check into the emergency room as quickly as possible.

Of course, not all bugs bite. There are also plenty of bugs that choose to dole out pain in a different way–stinging. Scorpions, bees and wasps are all big on stinging things. If you happen to be stung by a scorpion, then you will likely know since the pain associated with their stings is immense. If you should sustain a scorpion sting, then wash the sight of the sting with soap and water. Luckily, these stings are rarely life threatening. So be mindful about where you hike this summer, and check your shoes before putting them on in the morning.

Have you ever visited the Emergency Room in order to get a spider or insect related injury cared for?