Mosquitos, bees, ticks and ants. Oh my! There’s a lot of insects like these that you’ve assumed you’ve always had to live with as part of summer. So you sprayed on some mosquito repellant and then headed outside. That’s good enough for dialing up the summer safety, right?
Well, not quite.
The truth is, some additional precaution on bug safety as well as knowing exactly what to do quickly in the event of bug bites and stings can make a world of difference in keeping your summer safe and enjoyable. Let’s take a look at some common places where these bugs congregate and what you need to keep in mind before you go out.
Summer is a wonderful time to explore nature, including the woodsy areas near your home or an area you’re vacationing in. So go for it – with an ounce of precaution. Remember that a densely populated forest area can be a place where deer ticks flourish, carrying Lyme disease in their wake.
It’s challenging to wear pants and sleeves in hot weather, but the more you can cover with your clothing during a hike or camping, the more you can limit your skin’s possible exposure to ticks. Repellant can help and so can a self-check for ticks over your entire body. If you have the opportunity to shower as soon as possible after your adventure into the deep woods, do so – it will go a long way to removing any ticks on your body you may have inadvertently missed during your self-check.
The Flower Garden And Yard
Honey bees and hornets are no strangers to flowers, of course, so don’t give them a signal to move in. Bright clothing or prints with flowers on them can appear attractive to bees. But it’s not just particular articles of clothing. Before you head out into the yard to tend to your garden, don’t make the mistake of wearing scented perfume or cologne as these scents may also attract bees.
Kids love to run outside and feel the grass between their toes, but bee stings can happen at the ground level too as they may be on the grass between taking off again in flight. Have your children wear shoes that minimize the chance of them being stung by walking on a bee.
The Birdbath (and other small bodies of water)
Those birdbaths can look lovely but they can also be a haven for mosquitos. Any stagnant pools of water should be changed out to prevent the presence of these pesky creatures – not just for the annoying stings they carry all over your body but for what they may potentially carry.
“Should I get an insect repellant with DEET in it?”
Good question. The answer is…not in children younger than six months old and in the case of anyone older than that, it depends on how long you’re going to be outdoors because not all concentrations of DEET in insect repellants are created equal. Camping in the wilderness with no trek back to civilization in a while? Go higher on the DEET concentration. A short hike through a park? You may not need as high of a DEET concentration.
How to treat bug bites and stings
Ouch! Someone in your group has just received a bug bite or sting. First things first – if that person is allergic to stings, such as those associated with bees or hornets, you may begin to see them display an array of physical symptoms that could get progressively worse. Do not take chances. Call 9-1-1 and get paramedics on the way now, especially as you may be in a more remote area.
If it’s not a severe allergic reaction, we still have to talk about prompt treatment. Go into our Vehicle Safety Kit, pull out one of our small ice packs and apply directly to the site of the sting or bite for several minutes. In combination with this, use our package of Sting Relief Swabs, an easy, portable and effective solution. This combo of treatment will supply soothing relief from pain resulting from a sting or bug bite.
For items like the Vehicle Safety Kit and other first-aid essentials, SOS Technologies has you covered in summer and every season too, whether you’re heading out to a campsite or just into the back yard. And if you’re interested in getting your whole office trained on what to do in the event of a reaction to bug bites and stings, especially if you have outdoor workers, we can ensure you’re covered there as well with top-notch First Aid Training from one of our safety consultants. Call us today at 888.705.6100.