Gnats bite, according to KidsHealth. The tiny flies, sometimes called midges or blackflies, belong to a group of insects that includes mosquitoes and flies. Gnats live around the world near bodies of water, where they lay their eggs.
Gnats need the blood of animals to live, KidsHealth notes. They typically do not bite through clothes but get under clothing or hair to bite people in locations such as the ankles or the waist. Someone who is bitten by a gnat may not be aware of it when the bite occurs until he experiences swelling around the bite area. Bites typically itch and can hurt. Treatment for a gnat bite includes washing the area with soap and water along with applying antiseptic in case the gnat carried bacteria. Anti-itch creams can also be used to treat gnat bites.Learn More
Silverfish do not bite and do not transmit diseases, according to Orkin. They can be incredibly destructive to books and clothing, and silverfish can spoil food by eating into boxes or containers.Full Answer >
A tick bite is the area where a small, blood-sucking arachnid known as a tick latches onto the skin and begins drawing blood. Ticks normally stay latched onto the host for extended periods, so individuals who find tick bites are likely to find the tick still attached, according to Healthline.Full Answer >
According to Orkin, earwigs do not bite humans; however, the insects possess pincers for defense. The pincers can cause pain and may pierce the skin. If an earwig pinch breaks through skin, it is important to clean the area to prevent the spread of germs.Full Answer >
According to Florida State University's Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer, house flies have sponge-like mouth parts and cannot bite. Many other types of flies have piercing mouth parts including stable flies, who live on the blood of livestock, pets and people. Horse flies also may bite using scissor-like mouth parts.Full Answer >