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Allie's avatar

Is there a way to tell the difference between a mosquito bite and a spider bite by looking at the bite itself?

Asked by Allie (17316 points ) September 4th, 2008

I didn’t see the bug that bit me. I was asleep and woke up with two bites. Just wondering if there is a way to tell which sick little bugger is responsible. I’m going to hunt it down and mess that fool up. I might hesitate when I see it if it’s a spider, but I’ll still kick its ass. Flush that sucker. I’m rambling..

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eambos's avatar

Quick! Suck the poison out!

I have no idea

JHawk04's avatar

i’m pretty sure spider bites are larger and swell more than a mosquito bites and they also dont itch like a mosquito bite does.

Snoopy's avatar

From personal experience….I can tell you that the mosquito bite itches and causes a minor bump. Over a few days a spider bite can cause an entire area to swell (as in your entire forearm for an arm bite). I would say it would be hard to tell at first….but time will show you the answer!

Beware also the bed bug (seriously) and mites, among other common biters…...

loser's avatar

Spiders leave 2 tiny holes but it’s often difficult to see. Keep an eye on it. If it itches like crazy, it’s probably a mosquito. I find benedryl cream helps for both.

richardhenry's avatar

Post a photo.

marinelife's avatar

Spider bites tend to look more like wounds. You may eventually get some necrotic tissue.

marinelife's avatar

I really hope it is not a spider bite! No scary horror stories, but they tend to be more difficult than mosquito bites. Take care.

poofandmook's avatar

I had a spider bite on my knee about 7 years ago… my stupid ass decided it’d be cool to live with my friend in a cabin in the woods. HAH. The bite was sore, and swelled, and got more sore, and swelled (after it swelled I could see the two holes), and it eventually got so that any tiny brush of anything touching it, even too much air, and I saw stars.

I had no insurance, so I eventually had my father, who was in nursing school, open it up for me and drain it, and dumped probably half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in it until it stopped fizzing. That was fun. I don’t recommend it… like I said… I had no insurance and fresh out of high school, I was broke with a capital B.

Allie's avatar

Holy cow, what kind of spider bit you, poof?

poofandmook's avatar

I have no clue, Allie. But I’ll tell you what, the holes were a centimeter apart. So my guess is it was a big one.

gooch's avatar

Spider bites eat flesh so there is a hole whereas mosquito bites don’t they just make a bump and itch like hell. If not scratched there will be no hole.

pathfinder's avatar

If we are talking about spider that could be Family of Brachypelma.Those are exposing with less power of venom than another spideres.Spider like that make only mechanic damage witch hurt little bit.Unless there is t anything to worry about.If it is spider put wet towel in dark place and than another day you should faind a spider in there.if it is spider it should work.

Seesul's avatar

Actually, (from personal experience with both) size is not necessarily an indicator. I’ve had mosquito bites that have swollen to 6 inches across in less than a minute. I’ve had spider bites that have swollen an eye shut. Without seeing the culprit, the itching is what gives the mosquito away.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

the best answer here is taken from my favorite myth busting website. spider bites

Fact: House spiders prey on insects and other small creatures. They are not bloodsuckers, and have no reason to bite a human or any other animal too large for them to eat. In any interaction between spiders and larger creatures like humans, the spiders are almost always the ones to suffer. It is so rare for spiders to bite humans that in a 30-year career of handling tens of thousands of live spiders, I personally have been bitten twice. Both bites had only trivial effects. (these are the words of Rod Crawford, from the Burke Museum. He is the arachnologist, not I).

A person who is not an arachnologist would not likely be bitten more than once or twice in a lifetime. (“Mystery bites” which people thoughtlessly blame on spiders, don’t count! There are no invisible spiders…).

Very, very few spider species have venom that can harm humans, dogs, or cats. In most parts of the world, no spiders with medically significant venom have much chance of being found in houses. In the few areas that are an exception to this rule, the harmless house spider species still greatly outnumber the more toxic ones. And spiders whose venom happens to be more toxic to us, are no more likely to bite us on that account; they are unaware of our existence.

Why, why do people waste their time worrying about spiders? It is not spiders that are dangerous to your children; the dangerous ones are other humans!

LouisianaGirl's avatar

arent mosquito bites usually just little bumps and spider bites are two little humps

cutipi108's avatar

wow, i wouldnt know, ive never seen or been bit by a spider

gussnarp's avatar

For the most part, I would say it doesn’t really matter. A mosquito bite should go away in a day or two, if it seems to be getting worse, or not getting better, then have it checked out, otherwise it doesn’t really matter what bit you. If it is a Brown Recluse you will likely see the red area around the wound expand while black, necrotic tissue forms in the center. If you see that, see a doctor ASAP.

JeffVader's avatar

Yep, spider bites have 2 puncture points, & often look like they’ve been chewing… its just what spiders do.

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