Mosquito Bites vs. Spider Bites: How to Tell the Difference


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Does that pink bump that just appeared on your leg have you asking, “What bit me?” Mosquito bites and spider bites share some similarities, but there are a couple clues to help you figure out what bit you.

Mosquito Bites

Mosquitos bite with a purpose: the females require blood to develop and lay eggs. Symptoms include:

  • A round, pink or red skin bump
  • Itchiness

While the itching might be annoying, a mosquito bite is often harmless. Mosquito-transferred viruses—like Zika and West Nile—are uncommon but very serious. Symptoms show up between a few days and a couple weeks after the itchy bump appears.

Mosquitos are most active during dusk, though you may get bit any time of day. When the temperature reaches 50 degrees, mosquitos may start to appear, but you’ll see them the most when the temperature rises significantly during the summer.

Spider Bites

Most often, spiders bite humans out of defense. Like mosquito bites, many spider bites are harmless and only cause minor symptoms, including:

  • Red skin where bit
  • Swelling
  • Soreness or pain at the bite site

Though uncommon, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to a spider bite, and you should seek medical attention right away if you have any breathing problems, swallowing difficulties, or facial swelling. Bites from the feared brown recluse and black widow spiders are serious and can cause a severe reaction. Within eight hours, you may experience muscle pain and rigidity, stomach and back pain, nausea, or breathing problems. Medical attention is required immediately.

Spiders are around you all year long—whether or not you see them! House spiders tend to be most visible during late summer and early autumn. While it may seem like they are coming in to escape the cooling weather, they have likely been hiding in your home all along and the males are coming out to find a mate.

If you want to know what bit you, ask yourself: Does it itch or is it painful, and what time of year is it? While you may never know what the answer, mosquito bites itch, and spider bites are often sore or painful. Plus, mosquitos are most active during the summer months while you might find yourself with a spider bite any time of year.

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