07 July 2018

How to Prevent Bug Bites

Warmer weather means the increase in bugs and subsequently bug bites. Both prevention and the treatment of bug bites is important. Knowing what you can handle at home and what may need medical attention could help protect you and your family. Read on to learn how to prevent and treat bug bites.

Mosquito Bites

One of the well-known culprits of warm weather bug bites is the mosquito. With concerns of West Nile and other diseases carried by these critters, one should know what to look out for. While a harmless mosquito bite can be itchy and red in the form of a raised bump, it should be noted that fever, body aches, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea with a mosquito bite requires medical attention. While in some cases one may just be having an allergic reaction to the bite, it is best to err on the side of caution with a medical professional's opinion.

There are several ways to prevent mosquito bites such as steering clear of stagnant bodies of water where mosquitoes breed. Use an EPA registered insect repellent that contains DEET or another approved active ingredient. If possible, opt for long pants or long sleeves to provide protection.

Spider Bites

Another warm weather culprit is the spider. Regarding spider bites it is always better to be safe than sorry. If a bite occurs and the spider is still visibly present try to capture it in case you need to take it to the emergency room, urgent care, or doctor's office. This will aid in identifying if the spider is poisonous or not. Like mosquito bites, a harmless spider bite may be itchy, irritated, and present with a reddish bump. Signs to look out for include fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting. If any of these present themselves, you should seek medical attention right away.

Preventing spider bites can be achieved by applying insect repellent with DEET, through the use of long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as well as making your home unattractive to pests like spiders. You can deter spiders by cleaning your home regularly and with an all-natural spray you can use inside and outside the home made from peppermint oil and boiled orange peels.

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