Summer Sting Solutions
Don’t get us wrong, there are some awful stings out there, especially from the summertime critters you may encounter. Yes, they are sometimes unavoidable, but there are a few things that you can do to alleviate the discomfort. Keep on reading to see how our team handles bug bites and stings!
If It Hurts
Some critters are pretty tough for their size, and thus can inflict a bite or a sting that is quite painful. However, if you find yourself stung by a bee or a wasp or bit by a spider or an ant, move away, wash out the area with soap and water, and apply a cold compress. You can use an ice pack to alleviate the pain, but make sure to just use it for 20 minutes out of the hour, then repeat after 60 minutes. If it is especially painful, you can reach for a cream or lotion which contains some lidocaine in it, which is a pretty effective local painkiller. Yet, it is imperative that you watch out for signs of an allergic reaction during this time, and seek medical attention immediately if you do. Some signs of a reaction include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
If It Itches
After a night out on the town with your friends, you wake up to find a huge red bump on your leg that just itches like crazy! Well, it certainly sounds like a mosquito had a grand old time as well, but it doesn’t mean that you need to pay for it. If you have a bite that itches, try your best not to scratch it, as that can lead to an infection. Should your willpower not be enough (and trust us, there are some bites which will REALLY test it) you can apply calamine lotion, baking soda, or even honey to ease the sensation. You can even apply essential oils to the site to reduce the urge—some of the best ones for a bite are tea tree, lavender, and coconut.
If There Is a Bug in There!
Some bugs like you so much, they don’t want to leave you. Literally. Ticks are a literal parasite, and because of that, it is crucial that you remove them as soon as you spot them. The best way to remove these critters according to the CDC is to just grab a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull upwards with steady and even pressure. They recommend not to twist or jerk while you pull, or to use “folklore” remedies, such as applying nail polish or heat to the tick before pulling it out. Once removed, drop the tick in a bag and clean the wound with rubbing alcohol. However, if you think the tick was latched on for a couple days or more, seal the tick into a bag and place it in your fridge so it can be tested for diseases should you start to show symptoms.
Bug bites during the summer are pretty common, but with these tips, you won’t have to worry about one bite taking you out of a day of fun!
Disclaimer: Tri-County Pest Control and its employees are not medical professionals, and thus cannot give medical advice. Please use the above tips at your own risk.