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Simple Tips To Prevent Insects Bites And Stings During Summer

During summer, friends and families engage in activities such as sitting in the backyard while feasting or barbecues, hiking and lots of outdoor evenings. But you should also bear in mind that as you spend most of your time outside, you might come across some stinging and biting insects. The venoms from these insects can cause an allergic reaction which creates itchy red bumps on your skin. 


Simple Tips To Prevent Insects Bites And Stings During Summer



While bugs can appear harmless, in some cases their stings or bites might require some medical attention. To keep yourself safe from the bites and stings of insects during summer, you can follow these simple tips listed below.


Ways Of Preventing Insects Bites And Stings During Summer

Like the popular saying goes "prevention is better than cure", so this is the best method you should adopt avail yourself from insects bites and stings. Most stinging insects only stings whenever they are forced to do so. So as a rule of thumb, try not to bother them. Once you are outside and you notice a stinging insect flying around, the best you should do is to remain calm and move away. Also, when you want to eat outside, you should keep your food covered until you are ready to eat.

Also, to avoid being bit or stung by insects during summer, you should take into consideration the kind of clothes or shoes you wear. To be on a safe side, you can put on:
  1. Dark clothing and avoid bright clothes that attract insects. 
  2. Closed-toe shoes. Avoid going barefoot. 
  3. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants. 
  4. Bug spray, once a day, containing 10 to 30 percent DEET, to protect against bites. 

Children may get bitten or stung more compared to adults, because they play a lot and engage in lots of adventures. But adults are more vulnerable to having severe allergic reactions to stinging insects.

Stinging Insects During Summer

During warm summer, you can easily see the presence of bees, hornets, wasps or yellow jackets. These are four different types of stinging insects but their venom can cause a similar type of allergic reaction. 
  1. Honeybees:: You can easily find honeybees in beekeeper boxes or nest they built in old trees.
  2. Hornets: These are aggressive insects, and they build large nests n trees
  3. Wasps: These insects make honeycomb nests under eaves of buildings
  4. Yellow jackets: These insects build their nests on the ground. You may come across them while working on your yard or garden.

Bees can only sting once, because after a sting, they leave their stinger then die. Unlike the bee, other stinging insects have the ability of stinging repeatedly. Whenever you got stung by a bee, follow this simple step to remain safe:

Tips to Maintain Safety When Stung By a Bee

  1. Remove the stinger quickly
  2. Use your fingernail to scratch it out without squeezing it
  3. For all stings, clean the sting site with soap and water
  4. Apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
  5. Finally, apply a topical steroid cream (like over-the-counter hydrocortisone) to the area. You may also take oral antihistamine to reduce the inflammation. 

After being stung by a bee, most people develop redness, swelling and itching at the site of sting. On a normal condition, it typically take some few days to go away and this does not mean you are allergic to the venom. Being allergic entails difficulty in breathing, swelling, full body rash, belly discomfort or dizziness. If you develop any of these symptoms after being stung by a bee, then you should see your doctor immediately.  If you are having bee sting allergies, your doctor may recommend a prescription epinephrine injector to in order to avoid a severe reaction.

Biting Insects During Summer

Disease caused by Ticks, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease are not really common in most parts of the world. But even if the Ticks you come across are not vectors of diseases, their bites can cause a severe reaction and pain. If you are hiking in an area that ticks may be found, simply:
  1. Tuck your pants into your socks. 
  2. Wear light colors to make spotting ticks easy. 

As you are hiking, look at your cloth and skin periodically. if you notice a tick, simply remove it gently and slowly with tweezers. Other biting insects such as chiggers, ants, midges, flies, and mosquitoes can be very annoying and at the same time may carry some form of diseases. Bites from horse flies, black flies and stable flies can be very uncomfortable.

Spiders

Normally, spider bites are usually harmless, but that does not mean you will not feel itchy at the bite spot. Two fang marks is an indication of a black widow spider bite. This bite can lead to muscle cramps, vomiting, nausea, seizure or high blood pressure. You should seek for medical attention if you noticed a black widow have bitten you.

As a general rule with any bug bite, you should  follow this simple steps:
  1. Wash the affected area with soap and water
  2. Apply a topical steroid cream to the area and/or take an oral antihistamine to reduce the inflammation.
  3. And last, but not least — avoid scratching. This may be the hardest part. 

With these few and simple tips, you are sure to be safe from every biting and stinging insects during summer. So you can simply go out and catch you well deserved fun. Please before you leave, simply share this information with your friends and loved ones on various social media by using the icons below.
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