Summertime is full of time outdoors in the sun, swimming, backyard barbecues…and lots and lots of bug bites! Oftentimes people remember to apply sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun but forget about the importance of bug bite protection. As we head into the heat of the summer, here are 5 tips for staying bit-free.
This might sound like an obvious tip, but it is one that many people forget to do. If you plan to be in a woodsy area for camping or hiking, we recommend wearing pants and long sleeves even if it might be toasty. This will limit skin exposure to potential insects. Also, be sure to check thoroughly for ticks after being in the woods. Here’s everything you need to know about ticks.
Before you head outside to do just about anything this summer, make sure you have applied bug spray! There are lots of different bug sprays to choose from, so you must choose carefully. The higher the DEET concentration, the stronger the bug spray will be and the longer it will last. We know that some people prefer to limit chemicals, so here’s a list of all-natural bug repellents that you can also use to fend off mosquitoes.
Bugs are attracted to fragrances, so if you know that you are going to be outside for a long period of time, avoid perfumes, scented soaps, and fragrant detergents.
With summer insects like bees and wasps it’s important to remember to play nice. Swatting at bugs will only irritate them even more and backfire on you. The best method for getting out of the proximity of a bee or wasp is to calmly move away.
When you get a bite, treat it with basic first aid by washing or icing the bite immediately. If you were stung, make sure you remove the stinger completely and keep a close eye on the bite. Another, great way to keep itching and swelling down is to take a Benadryl or apply an anti-itch cream. For more tips on how to treat insect bites and stinks, click here.
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