PhotoYou may love summer, but you probably don’t love that it always comes with a lot of bugs. They make you itch and scratch, and if you’re allergic to some of them, then they can really impact your health. There must be some way of getting these pests to stop bugging you.

The best way to avoid bugs is to stay indoors. You’re pretty safe in your house, as long as you keep your windows and doors shut and inspect for any openings that would allow them to get in. But at some point, you’re going to need to go outside and enjoy the summer air. Wearing long sleeves and applying bug spray can definitely help keep bugs from bothering you.

If you are eating outside, be aware that many food aromas will attract insects. Try to avoid doing this unless you want some unwanted dinner guests. If you know that you are allergic to certain insects, be prepared. Carry an emergency kit with any relevant medical supplies in it so that you can treat yourself right away. For example, epinephrine kits can save your life in the case of anaphylaxis.

Dangerous insects

Most insects are harmless, but there are some that can be dangerous. Bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants can deliver hurtful bites that can be dangerous to your health if you get too many. Mosquito bites can be itchy and annoying, but they can also transmit West Nile virus, which can make you sick. Around 2,200 cases of West Nile were reported in the U.S. in 2014, with flu-like symptoms developing in a majority of people. Less than one percent of cases are fatal, but you should still be very careful.

Ticks can cause Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so make sure to remove them carefully if you find one attached to you. To remove them, put two small drops of soap on a cotton swab and gently apply it to the tick. Lift the tick off carefully after you have swabbed it, and wash the affected area with soap and water. Do not throw away the tick after you have removed it. Keep it in a plastic bag so that you can identify it if a reaction occurs.

Clean your house and examine yourself

Another way that you can protect yourself is to clean your house from top to bottom. Get your carpets professionally cleaned and vacuum and wash your sheets. Make sure all of your pets are free of ticks or other pests. If you find that your pet has fleas, make sure that you deal with the problem right away. These pests can infest your whole house, and they can be very difficult to get rid of.

Check yourself and your loved ones for pests as well. Wash yourself thoroughly and make sure your children are clean too. Be very thorough; check under your arms and in any body crevices, like your belly button, behind your knees, between your legs, and around your waist area. Comb and wash your hair to make sure that no pests have latched onto any follicles.

Be sure to contact your physician if a bite makes you swell up or gives you difficulty breathing. These could be signs of a serious allergic reaction. 

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