Treating Common Bug Bites in Largo Florida

How to Treat Common Bug Bites

As much as we try to avoid bugs and other pests, every once in a while some of them manage to get close and bite or sting. Bug bites come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common – they are irritating! Custom Pest Management LLC is a Largo Pest Control Company that can inspect and provide treatment options for these pesky bugs.

For some people, the stings or bites of certain bugs can cause them to have a strong allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock. These people generally carry a dose of epinephrine to inject in the event they become bitten or stung.

On the other hand, for most people, bug bites are simply annoying with symptoms like redness, swelling, pain and itching. These bites can be cared for with home remedies, but some remedies work better on certain types of bites and stings. Learn how to care for the most common stings and bites.

Identify the Bug

The first step towards treating a bug bite is to identify the bug that bit or stung you. That is usually pretty easy, especially if a bug has been bothering you for a while. Living in Largo or the Pinellas County area comes with the common bugs that are associated to this area.

Though they can be uncomfortable, most bug bites are fairly benign. The larger problem lies with any diseases or bacteria a bug may carry. Also, when we scratch that itchy bite, we might be contributing to secondary infection at the bite site! Common benign biting bugs include:

Stinging insects like wasps, bees, ants, hornets and many spiders require much more care as they may include venom or cause further reactions. The likelihood that you’ll be bitten by a spider is rare, but if you are, cleanse the wound thoroughly and call a doctor.

Treating the Bite

If you’ve been bitten, the first step is to get away from the bug. In the event you begin having any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest discomfort or tightness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Swelling of the face, eyes or tongue

In the event you do not experience any of the symptoms listed above, you can proceed with self-care of your bug bite. First off, you’ll want to reduce swelling and pain. Cover the bite with ice and take something for the pain. Children should not be given aspirin as it can occasionally cause side effects. Apply ice packs for 15-20 minutes once an hour for a few hours while elevating the bite to decrease swelling.

On the bite itself, there are a handful of home remedies and over-the-counter options that can soothe the effects of a bite. Calamine lotion and hydrocortisone ointments are very effective at reducing pain and itching, just like antihistamines.

Honey bees are the only insects that leave their stinger behind, so it’s important to remove them if you’ve been stung by honey bees. You can brush them out of the wound with your finger nail, the edge of a credit card or something similar. Never pull them out with your fingers or tweezers. Doing so will squeeze more venom into your body. Once you’ve removed the stinger, spray anesthetic that contains benzocaine to help relieve the pain.

For any bite from a stinging insect or spider, you should wash the wound with mild soap and cool water. Disinfecting the wound is especially important for mosquito bites and bee stings, so be thorough.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Avoiding a bug bite is often the simplest way to treat any bug bite. Most bugs, other than chronic pests like mosquitoes and deer flies, will only bite when provoked or agitated. Bees, ants, wasps and spiders can typically be avoided. But, if you are stung or bitten, the best remedies are very similar to most other injuries: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation [RICE]. Light pressure can help soothe a bug bite, but ice and elevation will do most of the work.

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Protect yourself from stinging insects in Pinellas County

Now that the South Florida sun is in full bloom, it’s important to be mindful of stinging bugs such as bees, wasp and mosquitoes and take the proper precautions. Insect stings can be very painful and disturbing – they can cause skin reactions and even moderate to severe allergies in some people.

Stings can usually be treated at home; however, severe allergic reactions can occur that require medical attention – making it extremely important to be protected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Some ways to protect yourself from stings:

  • Wear light-colored clothing: Floral-patterns and dark colors can be attractive to bees and wasps.
  • Wear protective clothing: Covering as much skin as possible will protect you. Long sleeves and pants are always a good idea when spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Watch where you walk:There’s nothing worse than finding out you stepped into a fire ant mound – OUCH! When a nest is disturbed, fire ants will come out by the hundreds to defend their colony from intruders. They not only inflict a painful sting, but they will bite down on you, as well!
  • Avoid perfumes: Anything that has a strong scent can attract bees and wasps. These little insects love perfumed soaps, shampoos, deodorants, colognes, etc. You will be better off going for a neutral and natural scent.
  • Wear clean clothes: Insects are attracted to strong odors. Basic hygiene, such as bathing daily, may help you prevent a sting.
  • Keep areas clean: We’re starting to see a pattern. Insects are attracted to leftover foods, garbage and dirty plates. Maintaining cleanliness and discarding food correctly will help you in avoiding these little insects. Be careful with sweetened beverage spills and food crumbs.
  • Keep calm: Sometimes when we see a bee or a wasp flying around, we tend to make rapid moves and start swatting. This is actually the opposite of what you should be doing; this will irritate them and you will have a higher chance of getting stung.
  • Wear bug repellant: If you’re going to be outdoors, make sure to apply an insect repellant, there are plenty of brands to choose from. Read the product label to see which one is best for you and your family.

If you follow these easy tips, you will have a better chance at avoiding a painful sting. And, if you have any questions about what you can do to keep your home safe from these insects, feel free to contact Custom Pest Management in Largo Florida at 727-686-6053.