Insect Bites to Avoid This Summer
Summer should only be remembered for holidays, beach, sunset, shopping, parties and endless fun instead of itchy, irritating, sometimes infectious insect bites and visits to urgent care clinic. All the fun that summer has to offer is ruined by these little devils.
We don’t want your happy summer memories to be ruined. That’s why we bring you some very easy and practical tips to help you avoid insect bites this summer. Moreover, you’ll also get to know steps you should take if you get bitten by an insect before visiting a 24-hour clinic for a thorough treatment.
Insects in Florida
It is important to know about the enemy you’re going to face. There are at least 12,500 insect species in Florida. Some of the insects that might sting or bite you are:
- Yellow Fly
- Stable Fly
- Fire Ants
- Eastern Velvet Ant
- Eastern Carpenter Bee
- Brown Recluse spiders
- Florida Carpenter Ant
- Southern Black Widow
Some insects like a yellow fly, stable fly, and mosquitoes bite you for your blood, spiders like brown recluse spiders and southern black widow are extremely venomous and their bite may require you to visit an urgent care clinic as their bite is life-threatening. Bites from other insects may cause infections or diseases.
One thing that all these insects share is the fact that you should avoid having contact with them.
How to Avoid Insect bites?
Some of the steps that you may take to avoid insect bites this summer are:
Use insect repellent
Using insect repellents, that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET, on exposed skin and clothing provide the best protection against bugs, ticks, and mosquitoes. If you want to wear sunscreen as well, apply sunscreen first, let it dry and then apply insect repellent on it.
Be cautious when eating outdoors
You should be cautious while eating outdoors as insects can be attracted by your food. Foods such as sweetened beverages, fruits, honey, and the leftovers are special attractions for insects like bees, wasps, and ants.
Wear proper clothing
Proper clothing is really helpful in preventing insect bites when you’re going for a hike or just going outdoors at night. Cover your skin as much as possible with long sleeved shirts, trousers, and closed shoes. Tucking your trousers in your shoes or socks provide extra protection.
Keep your surroundings clean
Keeping your surroundings clean is an effective way to avoid insect bites as most insects are attracted to garbage and foul edibles. When going camping, clean your surroundings and clear the area off of straws and sticks as insects love to hide in such places.
When sleeping at night, let it be indoors or outdoors, use bed nets that are long enough to reach the ground. If the bed net doesn’t reach the ground it can be tucked under your bed. Bed nets pre-treated with pyrethroid insecticide provide extra protection against insects.
When bitten by insects you can either get the bite treated at a 24 hour clinic or treat it at home. The steps are:
- Take an over the counter painkiller to reduce pain caused by insect bites or stings.
- Apply ice packs or anti-itch cream to reduce itchiness.
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling.
If the bite causes allergy or swelling or redness increases with time, immediately visit any urgent care center or 24-hour clinic for professional medical attention.