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The List: Five nasty stinging and biting bugs along The River

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Posted by

The List: Five of the most annoying stinging and biting bugs in Guerneville and alongThe River

Bedbug out for blood

Bedbug out for blood

Bed Bugs Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that subsist on human blood. Like all vampires, Bed bugs typically feed late at night and hide in tiny cracks and crevices during the daytime. Their bites form small red welts similar to mosquito bites, sometimes in a distinctive linear pattern.

The insidious critters  hide in the cracks and electrical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper, base boards and picture frames, between beds and around the creases of mattresses and in bedding materials.

Fleas

The human flea, Pulex irritans, one of 2,000 flea species,  may choose from a wide variety of hosts . The species is thought to have originated in South America where its original host may have been the guinea pig or peccary but dogs, coyotes, foxes, cats,  chickens,  rats and pigs  all help feed these tiny vampires.

Red and inflamed bites and symptoms include itchiness and rashes.  Fleas can spread rapidly and move between hairy areas to include eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic regions. You may eliminate this by shaving your body.

Circus flea on tightrope

Circus flea on tightrope

  Chiggers

Chiggers are the larvae of a certain type  mites and  are arachnids (like spiders and ticks). Chiggers are found  in forests, grassy fields, gardens, parks, and in moist areas around lakes or rivers throughout the world mostly  close to the ground surface, because they require a high level of humidity for survival.

Victims report:The extreme itch and the boils and pus filled bites were so insanely annoying and painful.

I have never felt such intense itching in my life. I should’ve scratched my skin off by now.  

When I returned from walking the dog, several spots on my ankle were itching like absolute mad. I was not able to sleep, going crazy.

 

Ticks

Tick

Tick

Ticks are small arachnids in the order Parasitiformes and related to mites. Ticks are ectoparasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. The two types of ticks, the deer tick and the wood tick are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease (deer tick), Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mt, spotted fever and dozens of other diseases. They are widely distributed but thrive in warm, moist climates and they suck blood wherever they can find it. 

Yellow Jackets, usually ground-nesters are are aggressive, stinging wasps from the genus Vespula and Dolichovespula that typically have a yellow and black banded abdomen. They come to call when you’re eating outdoors, and they frequent open trashbins. Their stings can cause a bacteriological infection as a result of their scavenging nature.

Female yellow jackets can sting repeatedly, and some individuals may be sensitive to their venom. Ground-nesting yellowjackets construct paper nests that may contain thousands of larvae and adult workers. These nests are typically located underground in abandoned rodent burrows or in other

Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket

enclosed spaces such as tree cavities, wall cavities, wood piles, and dense ivy.

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Stephen Gross, The River correspondent

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