Insect Bites and Stings

Summertime and the warmth of summer brings a lot of sunshine and fun, unfortunately, it also brings with it many insect bites and stings. Although we have an extended season for the warm months in our sub-tropical climate, this is the time of year that insect bites and stings occur the most. Spiders, certain ants, scorpions, bees, mosquitoes, horse flies, just to name a few of the more common pests we deal with that account for many insect bites and stings. Here are some tips from Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control  if you are the unfortunate victim of insect bites and stings.

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The first insect we will focus on our article of insect bites and stings are the infamous mosquitoes. Usually a bite results in a red bump on the skin which itches, often like crazy! You may be tempted to scratch away but scratching a mosquito bite is a bad idea for two reasons. First, it only aggravates the venom which will actually increases the itching. Secondly, scratching might cause your skin to break which could open the door for a secondary infection. The itching is caused by an immune response our body gives off in reaction to the mosquitoes saliva which can, in some people cause allergic and an inflammatory  response causing further redness, swelling, and even more itching. All bites should be cleaned with cold water and soap. The next step would be to treat the area with an anti-itch cream, preferably one that is also anti-bacterial. If the bite starts showing signs of infection it’s best to go to your doctor to get on some antibiotics.

It is important to note that insect bites and stings can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. There are two main reasons for this. One is that the venom is a foreign substance in your body and the greater amount of venom that you are inflicted with, the greater the symptoms will be. A bee stinger should be promptly removed, as the longer the stinger is left in place, the more venom you will be subjected to. Secondly, certain people are more sensitive to venom than others. These people should be especially careful and seek out medical attention immediately after being stung. Tweezers are a good tool to remove the stinger but try not to squeeze the venom sac at the top of the stinger which can pump more venom into the area. Once the stinger is removed you can apply a cold compress which causes the blood vessels to constrict helping to stop the spread of the venom. Unfortunately, for those who have received a bee sting, you may have to have a little patience, since topical solutions treat the surface of the skin while the venom is actually below the skin, which cannot be penetrated by such typical solutions.

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Insect bites and stings are a part of every day life in central Florida. It is important to remember that Insects bites and stings can sometimes lead to moderate to serious health issues, and by having pest control performed in and around your home can help reduce your chances of being a victim of  insects bites and stings. Everyone at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer, and keeping safe from insect bites and stings.

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