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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Summer Insect: Does they Bite or Sting?

Summer means fun – We love to spend more times outdoor such as camping. But be careful and watch out for those insects around us! Does the insect bite or sting?

Insects can be classified by whether they sting (venomous) or bite (non- venomous). Stinging insects include wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, bees and fire ants. Biting insects include mosquitoes, ticks, lice and fleas.

Many people worry about infection if a redness or swelling occurs from an insect sting. This is normal immediately after a sting and up to a few days later.

To avoid stinging insects:
• Don’t wear perfume or scented lotions.
• Control odor at picnics and garbage areas.
• Don’t leave soda cans sitting around.
• Avoid brightly colored clothing outdoors.
• Destroy all hives or nests near your home.
• Remove areas of standing water where mosquitoes breed.

And if you get stung, do the following:

• Remove the stinger.
• Apply topical hydrocortisone to stop the itching.
• Apply antibacterial spray.

So guys, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Avoid the don’ts and do the do’s. Just simply avoid the stingers and biters.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Hi jean, I am not bothered about the bee,hornet, wasps or some other insects because I don't have a sweet blood (joke!). Jokingly aside, I love to have them around I even plant some flowers that attracts bees. But then what I dont like is the FLIES because they are health threats to us. Lam mo na mahirap magkasakit ngayon.