Colorado Bug Bites and Insect-Borne Diseases: The 3 Questions People Want Answered
For all the times, you’ve been bitten while hiking or camping or watching a little league game, it’s easy to think that there are more insects in Colorado than other places. While there are hundreds of insect species commonly found in Colorado—from the mesmerizing Metallic Crab Spider to the stunning Painted Lichen Moth—the state doesn’t have any more insects than other parts of the country. However, the Colorado lifestyle—active, curious, and outdoor—does tend to create a lot of bug bites each year.
Most Colorado insect bites are just an itchy, swollen nuisance, but some of these insects can be extremely painful and/or dangerous. With timely medical attention, even really bad bites and stings can be effectively treated the vast majority of the time. Even still, an unexplained bug bite can lead a lot of people to start looking for answers. There are three questions in particular that we hear a lot at Rocky Mountain Urgent Care, and we wanted to provide some basic information resources so people can get any medical care they may need without creating any undue anxiety.
Our Guide to Dealing with Colorado Bug and Insect Bites
- What insects and bug bites are common in Colorado? Learn what insects and bug bites are common in Colorado. Find a comprehensive list to identify the bug. Know what diseases may be transmitted by Colorado insects....READ MORE
- How do I treat an insect bite? Got an insect bite that isn’t quite bad enough to send you to the doctor? If you’re not used to getting bitten by bugs, learn about the best over-the-counter medications....READ MORE
- When should I go to the doctor? Most bites and stings can be dealt with home remedies, but sometimes dangerous symptoms appear that require prompt medical attention. Know when to go to the doctor....READ MORE
Tips for Preventing Bug Bites
As with most injury and illness, prevention is the best form of treatment. Protect yourself from bug bites with a good insect repellent, and check yourself for ticks after every wilderness excursion. Avoid and/or treat areas with visible wasps, yellow jackets, ants, and spiders. If you’re moving or conducting a renovation during the high-risk summer months, be aware of lurking spiders. Still, it’s impractical to think you’re never going to come into contact with an insect, and a bug bite is just bad luck in a lot of cases. That’s why there is Rocky Mountain Urgent Care.