All sorts of critters come out during the summertime. It can seem like your kids come into the house with a new bug bite everyday. But not all bugs are created equal. It’s important to identify what might have bit your child so you can decide if treatment is needed. Here are some common insects that like to take a bite out of humans:

Mosquito bite: Usually a small reddish bump that is super itchy. Put calamine lotion on it to soothe the itch.

Bed bugs: It seemed like bed bugs were everywhere a couple years ago. Your child might have them if they red itchy, inflamed bumps. They typically show as a row of bumps. There are a series of steps you need to take in order to rid your home of bed bugs. Follow an Integrated Pest Management approach

Spider bite: Most spiders are harmless but it can be scary to get a bite from one. Their bites can result in red skin, swelling and pain at the bite site. If your child experiences breathing problems, tightness of the chest, muscle pain or vomiting take them to a doctor immediately, they could be allergic to the spider bite.

Tick bite: Ticks are so tiny yet can cause so many problems. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease and dog ticks can spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lyme symptoms include a rash in the shape of a ring or bull’s eye. It can appear up to a month after the bit. Your child can also experience a fever, fatigue and muscle aches. Symptoms of RMSG include a fever, headache and a rash that is found on the ankles and wrists and spread to the rest of the body. Check your child all over for ticks after they’ve been playing in a wooded area or tall grass. Use tweezers to remove the tick as close as possible to your child’s skin. Put the tick in a container to show your doctor.

Bee sting: If your child has a red bump with white around it a bee probably stung them. A sting can cause super sharp pain that stays for a few minutes. It usually progresses into a dull ache. The spot can feel sore for a few days. If a honeybee stung your child it’ll leave behind its stinger. Remove it swiftly so no more venom enters the body. Look out for allergic reactions and get emergency medical help if it seems your child is allergic. Otherwise take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain.