During the summer your kids are home from school and ready to enjoy a fun filled break! For most people extra time playing outside is on the agenda as part of their summertime fun. As you spend time outdoors you may find yourself face to face with all sorts of different insects. Bug bites are inevitably going to occur this summer. Here at All-Rite Pest Control we want to make sure that you know what you can do to prevent and treat bug bites this summer.
Insect Repellent for Babies, Kids & Adults
We are going to start with what you can do to prevent bug bites. One of the very best things that you can do to prevent bug bites is use insect repellent. There are many different insect repellents on the market for you to choose from. You will want to purchase one that contains 20-30% DEET. If you are going to be putting on sunscreen and insect repellent you will want to start with the sunscreen first. After your sunscreen has dried apply your insect repellent according to the instructions on the insect repellent. Insect repellent cannot prevent all types of bug bites. It does prevent bites from mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, chiggers, ticks, and fleas. Even the best insect repellent cannot help prevent bites from bees, wasps, hornets, or spiders. If you are going to an area that you know if infested with insects that you cannot prevent getting bitten from you will want to cancel your plans to keep yourself safe.
Wear Clothing Mosquitoes & Other Bugs Can’t Bite Through
You will also want to wear appropriate clothing to help prevent bug bites. If you are going to be outside at night or hiking, try to cover as much of your skin as possible. We recommend wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks, and closed toed shoes when you are going to be hiking or out in the mountains for an extended period of time.
Insect Bite or Sting Treatment
If you do get bit by a bug there are a few things that you will want to do if the bite is bothering you. If you were stung by something that left the stinger inside of you it is necessary to remove the stinger. Then you will want to clean the area with mild soap and water. A cold compress or over-the-counter cortisone cream can both help relieve the symptoms of bug bites and stings. When you use a cold compress you will want to leave the ice on for 10 minutes, take it off for 10 minutes, and repeat. Sometimes these do not provide relief from the pain. You can also take a pain reliever to help with the pain. If you are feeling extreme pain you will want to go see a doctor. You will also want to see a doctor if your bite is infected or if you believe that you are having an allergic reaction.
Year Round Pest Management
We hope that your family will be able to stay safe from bug bites this summer as much as possible. If you find that when your kids play outside that they continue to get bug bites give All-Rite Pest Control and set up a residential pest control plan today!