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Insect Bites & Stings: What to Do If You’re Allergic

insect bitesSummertime is famous for barbecues and fun days at the pool. But sometimes, insects join the party and cause chaos. Insect bites and stings are two occurrences that can put a damper on your summer day. And, if you have a severe allergic reaction, you may experience anaphylactic shock. So, it’s important to do everything you can to avoid these frustrating pests. Consider the following tips to avoid insect bites and stings:

Leave the Insects Alone

Most insects will only bite or sting if they feel like their nest is threatened by your presence. If you see a colony of ants or swarm of bees, stay away from their home. If you have children, make sure you tell them where the insects are and how to avoid them. Also, it’s important for your kids to know which insects should be avoided – hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are just a few. Remember to call an exterminator to remove the threat.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Most flying insects such as honeybees and bumblebees are attracted to bright-colored clothing because it is the same color as their go-to flower. During the summer, avoid wearing bright colors and loose clothes. If you wear loose clothes, insects can easily get caught between the fabrics. When this happens, you may be bitten or stung because they are trapped.  Additionally, always wear shoes as they provide protection against insect bites and stings.

Be Careful When Eating Outdoors

Barbecues and picnics outside are what make summer special! We aren’t suggesting foregoing these fun activities. But, you should take preventative actions to avoid attracting insects to your lunch. Insects are initially attracted to the smell of food. Then, if they taste it, they’ll signal to the rest of their colony to join. When you’re done eating, make sure you cover up any leftover food or throw away the food.

If you are severely allergic to insect bites or stings, the Langford Allergy team can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.