If you are prone to bug bites, you know how pesky they can be. They itch, they swell, some stick around for what seems like forever. So what can you do to avoid getting bit or stung, or at least reduce your risk? Here are some tips, along with interesting facts that will keep you informed and (hopefully) itch-free!
Perfume Makes a Difference
If you wear perfume when spending time outdoors – especially somewhere with lots of bugs – you will probably attract them because of the florally scent you give off. So if you will be attending a backyard barbecue soon, keep the sweet smell to a minimum.
Clothing Makes a Difference
The clothes you wear also make a difference on whether or not bugs are attracted to you. Brighter colors and (go figure) floral prints tend to attract insects like bees. However, bees cannot see white clothing as well, so if you will be outside, keep it cool and bee-free with a white shirt. Also, wearing light color clothes helps you notice if any bugs land on you, which is great especially if you have a bee allergy.
Venom Allergies Are Real
Approximately three percent of the United States adult population is allergic the stings of venomous bugs like bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. When they sting, the inject venom into the human body, which can trigger an anaphylactic response in people with an allergy. For this reason, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and your own allergic response.
Treat Bites or Stings With…
a baking soda and water paste. This combination helps to neutralize the venom, and provides a soothing effect. Not to mention, it is easy to make, you most likely have the ingredients at home already, and it is natural. Consistency is key, so as mentioned, go for the thickness of a regular paste.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Bug Bites by Good Housekeeping
Photo Credit: Wasp by Phalinn Ooi. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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