A Guide to Summer’s Biting Insects
Summer can be a wonderful time to be outside, but as we know all too well those good times can be hampered by the presence of unwanted pests. No one wants to be bitten or bothered by insects, but summer is their time to feed and mate, and there are thousands of them for every one of you. How can you keep yourself safe and pest free this summer?
Some insects bite, and some insects sting. Some do it for food, and some do it to protect their territory. While it may seem like a nearly impossible task, knowing what to look for and what to avoid can help you in staying safe and enjoying your time outside.
Summer Biting Insects
One of the most commonly terrifying sights during the summer is that of a wasp. Large, sleek, and unmistakable, wasps like to make their nests in cool, shaded places. It is not uncommon to find them hiding in garages or behind signs, or even under gutters on your property.
A wasp will sting without provocation, and they can do it as often as they want. A wasp’s sting can hurt for hours, if not days. They should not be approached, and if you can, use a far-shooting wasp spray to eliminate their nests.
Bees will actually leave you alone, if you leave them alone in turn. A bee is primarily interested in harvesting pollen and protecting the hive. If you don’t bother them, they shouldn’t bother you.
Spiders are similar in this. They aren’t actively trying to hunt humans, and only bite if scared or provoked. Ants will attack you, but that’s mainly as a defensive mechanism if you happen to encroach on their territory.
One of the best ways to prevent an insect attack is to avoid them altogether. Pay attention to what is around you, and try not to provoke them if you find a nest. Another thing to consider is what you wear; bees tend to react violently to black and red.
Sometimes there isn’t much you can do to avoid them, so you may need to focus on prevention and treatment. For instance, spiders will hide in things like shoes, and mosquitoes can smell the delicious scent of acids on your skin from up to 50 meters away.
Treatment for a bite can vary depending on what it is that attacked you. For a wasp’s sting, there’s really little you can do but ride it out. A mosquito bite will stop hurting with the application of ice, while a spider bite should be paid more close attention to. If you were bit by any of the fiddle-back variety, you might suffer from necrosis, which is the rotting of the area that was bitten.
Bees can be potentially fatal to be stung by, if you happen to be allergic to them. In short, there is no one treatment for dealing with bugs, because there is no one bug to be treated for.
Allergic Issues and Emergency Procedures
If you have allergies, you should let others around you know in case something happens. It is recommended that you always carry your epi-pen with you when you’re outside. Make sure you have a list of local emergency numbers on hand, and always keep a first aid kit nearby, just in case.
If you are bitten or stung and need help, don’t delay. The sooner you get to a doctor or to the hospital, the sooner they can treat you for what has happened. If you’re allergic, then know that every second counts when you’ve been stung.
Being outside is one of the joys of summer, but unfortunately, that’s where most of the insects are. You don’t have to stay indoors though, as long as you stay safe and stay alert your summer should be a great one.
A Guide to Summer’s Biting Insects In Louisiana & Mississippi
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