Insect Bite and Sting Prevention continued
Bite and sting prevention around the water
1. When swimming, watch out for bees or wasps that are struggling on the surface of the water. They are trapped, agitated, and might sting if you touch them.
2. During hot summer days, be alert around the swimming pool, water spigots, horse trough, shower, or other bodies of water. The heat can make insects irritable and more protective of their water sources.
Insect bite and sting prevention while hiking or camping
1. Wear insect repellant, but keep in mind that this only discourages hungry insects from foraging on you - it will not deter an attack.
2. Wearing long-sleeve shirt and pants can also reduce the risk if you think you're likely to encounter problems.
3. Keep motor home and tent doors/windows closed as much as possible to avoid trapping insects inside. Be sure to check your RV before each use to ensure the areas where insects could get in are sealed up tight.
4. Have kids use caution when gathering firewood, always looking a piece of wood over before they grab it and then checking the back side after they pick it up.
5. If you see a line of bees coming out from under a shed or a hole in the wall, that is often a bad sign. It may mean that they have been agitated, and a swarm is coming. Take shelter immediately.
Bite and sting prevention rules for kids
1. Teach children that when hiking, they should approach things like hollow logs, stumps, piles of limbs and fallen trees with caution. Bees and other stinging insects often make their homes in such places.
2. Teach children what a fire-ants nest looks like, and have them stay away. Fire ants usually build nests that are 10-18 inches high, consisting of mounds of fluffy soil, and often are built near fence posts, tree bases, or sometimes empty meadows. Avoid stepping on or touching these nests. Fire ants are known to swarm, attacking in droves. One misplaced hand on their mound could result in hundreds of stings up the trespasser's arm within seconds.
3. If an insect lands on you or is buzzing around, don't swat it! Remain calm while standing still or retreating slowly. If it doesn't flyaway, try gently removing it with a piece of paper. But if you anger or injure it, its instinct will be to sting!