Insect bites can take out the fun of any summer picnic or gathering and make enjoying outdoors impossible. Red itchy bumps on the skin are not the only unfortunate result of mosquito, gnat, and fire ant bites, some of these insects are carriers of dangerous diseases and infections. So, what to do for insect bites?
Insect bite rash can develop as a result if you are especially sensitive to the substances that some insects such as gnats and mosquitoes, to name a few, inject in human skin.
Insect bites and stings are not unusual and are seldom cause for worry. There are many insects in the Southeastern part of the U.S. that can inflict serious bites and stings.
The results of some more poisonous bites and stings left untreated can result in permanent disfigurement and even death.
Take steps to protect yourself and your family from annoying flying and crawling creatures ruining your best summer days. Start planning the outdoors season many months ahead by preparing your backyard and areas around the house to make them less hospitable to uninvited insect guests.
Treat your lawns with special biodegradable insect control product that will help keep red fire ants, ticks and mosquitoes at bay.
Follow this 7-step guide to help you avoid insect bites and enjoy great time outside:
- Inspect your yard for areas with stagnant water that are almost always the spots mosquitoes frequent the most like birdbaths or fake ponds.
- Do not use floral perfumes or lotions in the summer months, since fruity and flowery notes are very attractive to all types of insects and make you more prone to getting bitten. Try to stick to natural scentless skin and hair products and neutral colors of clothing.
- Plant plenty of marigolds, basil, lavender and peppermint around your backyard to help you avoid insect bites because some gnats and mosquitoes find the scent of these plants unappealing.
- Stay away from DEET containing bug sprays since they have been reported to be quite toxic if used regularly covering larger parts of the body or on children. A naturally based repellent sprays for insects containing citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and vanilla oils for worry-free are proven to be effective protection against insect bites.
- Wear protective footwear and clothing preferably in lighter colors, so any insects settling on you can be obviously seen. If you spend lots of time outdoors, try to choose long pants and light long-sleeve shirt to cover as much skin as possible to naturally protect yourself against blood-sucking invaders.
- Burning citronella incenses at the table is, in fact, a double-protection against insect bites since mosquitoes and gnats detest the smell of citronella and smoke. Most insects are drawn to sweet-smelling fruits and try to avoid bananas as part of your dinner course as much as possible.
- Multiple studies reported that taking vitamin B1 supplements starting in April throughout the summer is a proven way to make you less prone to getting insect bites